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How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

Kindle – is the best and most popular ereader in the world. However, organizing books on this device – leaves much to be desired. From the very first model, Amazon has decided not to support folder structure for electronic books. Or rather, you can create folders and put ebooks to them, but on the device screen books still will be displayed in a single list (with no folders). Instead of folders Kindle offers collections to organize books. Ok, in some cases it’s even better, as one book can be included in several collections, such as “What to read next” and “Adventure Books”. Looks like everything is fine, but what happens in practice?

1. Kindle Collections

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

When you just bought your Kindle and have 1, 2, 3 . 20 books – everything is fine. You create several collections, put books to them and your library looks nice. But as you get more books, create more collections, the beauty fades out. Because Kidle’s e-Ink screen (even if it’s touch screen) is very poorly suited for displaying and, especially, for organizing electronic library. First, it’s black and white, so forget about color covers. Second, you can’t drag-n-drop a book (and even more several books) to collection. You have to open each book and check boxes in order to select collections that you want this book to appear in. If you have a lot of books and collections – it’s a nightmare.

2. Kindle Cloud Collections

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

Thankfully, Amazon has recently added the opportunity to organize collections in your online account. Cloud collections are synced with collections on your device. Looks like everything is OK now. But the cloud interface – is still awful. Checkboxes rule, no covers, no drag-n-drop. At least, you can use a mouse. But the major drawback is that in Kindle Cloud your own books are separated from books purchased from Amazon, so you won’t be able to organize them to collections. And, probably, this situation won’t change, because Amazon wants you to read only purchased books.

3. Desktop collection managers (don’t work)

If you search on Google, you may find a couple of desktop programs, that are positioned as Kindle Collection Managers. And yes, once they really worked. You could create and edit collections on your computer and then sync them to Kindle. But then Amazon decided to end the party and closed the Kindle firmware from third-party applications. So all of these programs don’t work now.

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

But what about Kindle Desktop? Of course, we forgot that Kindle has its own desktop client for Windows! It’s beautiful and comfortable! And yes, it features collections! But what a Bummer! These collections are not synced with Kindle ereader or even with Kindle Cloud. And even if the miracle happens, and they will sync, still you won’t be able to sync collections with your own books (not purchased from Amazon).

4. Desktop Book organizers

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

There are some good desktop ebook organizers that can work with Kindle. In particular – Calibre (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Alfa Ebooks Manager (Windows only). They work like this: you connect Kindle via USB and the book organizer scans your device and displays your library. They can’t organize collections on Kindle (for the reason described above), so you still have chaos on the device. But you can organize your books by various parameters (genres, authors, tags, . ) in the virtual library on your computer. Moreover, these programs allow to move books between computer and device, open (not DRM protected) books in the desktop viewer.

But probably the best option is Kindlian. In the past it was one of the Kindle collection managers. But now when Amazon closed the Kindle firmware, the developers released Kindlian 4, which offers very elegant way to organize books and collections. The idea is that all books from Kindle are backed up to your computer and only these books that you read now – remain on the device. And if you have only few books on Kindle – you have no problem with their organization.

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

At the same time you can organize the backed up Kindle library on your computer. It is beautifully displayed and you can use familiar collections and mouse to drag-n-drop books. If you want to send a book from the desktop library to ereader – you connect it via USB and send. Additional bonuses are search, metadata editing, desktop e-reader, converter to MOBI.

I have just started organizing collections on my bottom-of-the-line Kindle (the Kindle 4?). Despite selecting “annotations sync and backup” I’m not seeing these collections appear on my iPad and iPhone. I’ve spent 20 minutes reading through Amazon documentation and forum posts and I still can’t figure out how to get my Kindle’s collections in sync with my iPad.

Is it possible to keep Kindle collections in sync across all devices that can access Kindle content?

If only in limited ways or among some types of devices, what are the limitations and which devices?

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I am guessing you have already found Amazon’s Organizing Your Kindle Content. If every book on your devices is from Amazon, then you can do some organizing at ‘Your Account’ > ‘Manage Your Device’ > ‘Your Kindle Library’ or by using the cloud. If you have works from anyplace else, then the prospects get worse.

I personally have some OCD issues that require my books be in some kind of order that is not primary based on who I bought it from and when. I was trying to keep track organized with an Excel book. I searched for solutions and read many articles & blogs, I strongly desired an Amazon/Kindle solution, the majority pointed to a single solution which I eventually adopted. Calibre is that solution.

The only disadvantage the Calibre has it is a bit more difficult to connect wirelessly to your collection. I won’t go into all it’s advantages but, essentially it is your own personal library, that you can organize and store you books on, regardless of where it comes from. My 1263 (current count) works are stored on Calibre, I download from Amazon, Smashword, Baen, Project Gutenberg, etc. directly to Calibre (on my pc). Once a week or so, I sit down at the PC, remove some books from my Kindles, mark them as read on Calibre (tag ‘read’), add some new books to the appropriate kindle (‘paperwhite’ for reading in bed, ‘keyboard’ for text to speech while commuting) and tag the books I am currently reading in Calibre by the device they are on.

I believe there is at least one wireless solution for connecting your Kindle to your Calibre, but in the end I stuck with using the USB connection, as by the time I need to move some books around, I need a recharge, so i get a two for one deal (load and charge).

I’m excited to announce you can now organize your books into collections. Collections are designed to allow you to organize your books into subjects or topics of interest.

The beady-eyed among you may have noticed that when you select a book there is now a cog icon to the right of the book title (far right of the screen). If you click this cog it brings up the ‘Collections’ dialog which allows you to manage your collections. Once you have created your desired collections use the check boxes to choose which collections the selected book belongs to. It is worth noting that a book can belong to multiple collections. In the example below I have added ‘Great Expectations’ to both the ‘Dickens’ and the ‘English’ collection.

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

On the left hand pane you’ll notice that the books are now grouped into collections. If a book is not in a collection it will be assigned to the ‘Uncategorized’ collection, which is where I’d expect your books to be at the moment. Collections can be expanded or contracted by clicking the collection name.

How to effortlessly manage your kindle collections

We hope this helps and we welcome your feedback. We have a number of additional features we are working on at the moment and I’m looking forward to telling you about these in the coming weeks.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

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How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Android support on Chromebooks started with Android 6.0, which only allows apps to run in full-screen mode, or a smaller static size. This isn’t the best layout for many apps on Chromebooks, and Google finally changed this with Android 7.1.1. The thing is, resizing doesn’t work out the gate—there are a few tweaks to get it working.

Step One: Verify Which Version of Android Your Chromebook Is Running

Before you get your hands dirty, you’ll want to first make sure your Chromebook is even running an Android build that offers resizable apps.

First, click the system tray, then the gear icon.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

From there, scroll down to the “Google Play Store” section and click it.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Click “Manage Android preferences,” which will launch the Android settings menu.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

From there, just scroll to the very bottom—you’ll see the Android version under the About Device section.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

If your Chromebook is running 6.0, you’re pretty much stuck with what you have for now. Sorry.

If you’re running 7.1.1 or above, however, read on.

Step Two: Enable Developer Options

While you’re already in the Android Settings menu, let’s go ahead and enable Developer Settings. You’ll need to do this in order to resize apps.

Click into the About Device menu.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

From there, click the “Build number” seven times. You’ll see a small toast notification at the bottom of the screen letting you know how many click are left until you “become a developer.”

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

After seven clicks, developer mode will be enabled. Awwww, yeah.

Step Three: Enable Window Resizing

Click the back button in the top left corner, which will take you back into the main Settings menu. You’ll see a new option here: Developer Options. Click into that bad boy.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Ignore everything you see in this menu until the very bottom. Seriously, start scrolling now, lest your curiosities get the best of you and you break something.

At the bottom, find the “Allow free window resizing by dragging the border” option and enable it. Just like that, you’ll be able to resize Android apps. Keep in mind that this doesn’t work with all apps—if they haven’t been updated in some time, they won’t support this. Many modern apps (with good developers) should be on board, though.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

To do this, just hover over the edge of the app window, just like you would any other window. The cursor will change, indicating you can resize the window.

Optional: Set the Default Size for Pre-Nougat Applications

Now, you could stop here and be finished, but there’s also another option I think you should check out, which will determine the default size for apps that aren’t designed for Android Nougat.

Unironically, it’s called “Default size and orientation for pre-Nougat applications, and unresizable portrait applications.” That’s a mouthful. But click it anyway.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Basically, this lets you figure out what is going to work best for the way you use Android apps on your Chromebook. For me, defaulting portrait maximized sized and landscape orientation just makes the most sense—that means apps like Instagram, which are portrait-only, launch full screen. Others will launch in landscape mode. It works for me, but feel free to experiment with these options and use what works best for you.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Once you’re finished, just back out of this window—you’re done.

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How to resize android apps on chromebooksAs you can likely tell, for the past week, we’ve been testing (and loving) the Samsung Chromebook Pro. One of my few nags with the device, up to this point, was the way Android apps opened out of the box. Though usable, having only a choice between small phone and full screen window was a bit limiting.

I know, I know, resizable apps are on the way and hopefully won’t be too long.

A couple commenters over the past week have pointed out that there may be a way to enable app resizing. So, being curious, I took a look.

Simple Fix

So first, you need to enable developer mode on Android. This is quite simple and works just like you expect if you’ve ever done this on a phone. Go to your Android settings > About Device > Build Number and click that section until you see ‘you are a developer!’

Now, you can back out and you will see Developer options. There are a few you need to enable.

Force activities to be resizable
This option enables all windows to be resizable, regardless of what is in the manifest file.

Allow free window resizing by dragging the border
This does exactly what you think. Enable this to be able to resize your apps by dragging the edges.

Default size and orientation for pre-Nougat applications
This allows you to choose the default opening size for your apps. I’ve found the ‘portrait maximized size and default to portrait orientation’ to be my favorite. Your mileage may vary.

After doing these quick steps, you now have resizing app containers.

Some Caveats

There are still some things to consider, here. First, this isn’t enabled out of the box, so there’s likely going to be some glitches here and there.

Second, not all apps are ready for Nougat resizing. You’ve likely seen this on your phone from time to time. An app you’d like to split-screens with simply wont’ comply. That is due to the app not being optimized for Nougat’s resizing windows.

With these apps, you still get the default opened window and the option to go full screen. Dragging the edges of the window won’t do anything for you.

As time goes on and developers start to see the worth in having a resizing element to their apps, we’ll see less and less of this.

Working Well

For obvious reasons, I haven’t tried this on every app. I have tried it on a bunch and it works very, very well already.

Being able to open up things like Play Music or Gmail and resize the window makes these apps really worthwhile on the desktop. And that’s what we are all after here, right? Apps on a Chromebook are fun to play with, but they eventually need to get productive.

This is a great step in that direction.

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I’ve been a little frustrated using some of the Android apps installed on my Chromebook lately due to small font sizes. A few of them support in-app font size modification, presumably because the developer included such functionality. But some don’t. Even when resizing the Android apps, not all of them have fonts or interface elements that are easily readable. Here’s how to change the zoom levels in Android apps on a Chromebook for easier reading.

The main culprit for me has been the Android version of Discord since we’re relying on it (and Slack) for school. So I’ll be using that as an example.

Here’s a version with really small text to show you a starting point of my frustration, although I made the text smaller than normal for this example.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Note that you won’t have to follow the below process for each Android app. The one-time workaround for this problem will apply to all Android apps on a Chromebook. Once you follow these simple steps, you’ll be change the zoom levels in Android apps, or zoom out, using the ctrl and + or – keys.

To enable zoom support, you’ll need to enable “Developer options” in the virtual Android instance on your Chromebook.

Don’t panic: Developer options for Android aren’t as scary as Developer Mode or the Dev Channel in Chrome OS. You’re not going to make your device insecure by enabling this. It’s simply a set of extra features to help Android developers debug and test their apps.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

First, you’ll go into Settings on your Chromebook and search for “Android”. The first search result should be “Android preferences”. Choose that result and then click on the “Manage Android Preferences” option.

Doing so will open up what appears to be the standard settings of an Android device, although not every option is shown on Chromebooks.

Note too that it may open in a full screen. I’ve resized mine below to appear like a typical Android phone but the process is the same, regardless.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Scroll to the bottom of the list and choose the System option. That will open up another set of options

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

See the About Device menu option? It doesn’t matter that the device name of your Chromebook may be different than mine.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

I’m using my Acer Chromebook Spin 13, which is built on the Nami baseboard. If you’re using a different Chromebook, the baseboard for your device will appear here. You’ll want to tap “About device” to see information about Android on your Chromebook, such as this:

See that last menu option titled “Build number”? You’re going to want to tap it quickly and repeatedly. As you do, you’ll start seeing a message saying you have a few more taps before you’re a developer. (Oh, if it were only that easy to become a developer!).

Once you’ve tapped enough, you’ll get a small congratulatory message.

Next, click the green back arrow on the About Device page. You should be retured to the System menu where you’ll see a brand new option menu choice called “Developer options”, as shown:

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Click the Developer options menu button and you’ll be greeted by dozens of nifty features. But don’t mess around with them right now. Let’s find the one that’s going to help give relief to your eyes. Scroll down until you see the “Enable application zoom” setting and then enable it. You’re done!

Now, when you go into an Android app with an interface that feels a little “small”, you can zoom in or out just like you do with a web page in your browser. Click ctrl and + to zoom in, making most, if not all, elements larger, or click ctrl and – to reverse the process.

After enabling this feature and adjusting the zoom level in my Discord app for Android, here’s how it looks on my Chromebook:

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

While this is a workaround to resize Android app interfaces, it may not work for every Android app.

Ideally, a way to control the font size independently of the interface would be a better solution. But for now, my four eyes are appreciating this method!

Google brought support for Android apps to Chromebooks all the way back in 2016, but the experience still leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, Google is making changes to improve how Chrome OS handles Android apps, making the experience feel a little more polished.

According to ChromeUnboxed, Google is working on a feature that will lock resize restrictions for Android apps on Chromebook devices. The flag is currently live in the Canary Channel. It describes a feature that enables a compatibility mode for Android apps that are not optimized for large screens, restricting resizing them.

Once the feature is enabled, Android apps that don’t support large screen formats lose the ability to be resized on Chromebooks, while the maximum and minimize buttons are removed. You also can’t move these apps to the edges of the screen. ChromeUnboxed highlights an example where YouTube Music and Instagram are opened side by side.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

It addresses an issue that Chrome OS users have faced for a while. Window resizing for apps doesn’t always work, leading to an experience that can feel at best unfinished and, at worst, broken. It would be awesome to see every Android app scale beautifully to a larger display, but that isn’t the case. Rather than providing users with something that kind of works, Google appears to be taking control by restricting resizing apps that don’t support it.

Chrome OS just celebrated its 10th anniversary and is gaining a ton of new features with version 89. One of the biggest new features is the addition of Phone Hub, which allows Android phone owners to respond to messages right from your Chromebook. You can also see your phone’s battery life, turn on/off hotspot capabilities, and locate your device.

It’s unclear when the resize lock feature will become a native part of Chrome OS. For now, it can be enabled via a flag, which is currently only available in the Chrome OS Canary builds.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Android apps on Chrome OS are here today if you have an Asus Chromebook Flip. Switch your Chromebook Flip to Chrome’s Dev channel and you’ll get full access to the entire Google Play Store on your device. Android apps will arrive on other eligible Chromebooks in the future.

Chromebooks gain access to Google Play

Once you put your Asus Chromebook Flip onto the Dev channel and update it, you’ll get a Google Play Store icon on your taskbar. Click or tap the icon and the Play Store—itself an Android app—will open in a window on your Chromebook’s desktop. You can browse the store and install apps, just like you would on an Android device. The Play Store treats your Chromebook as an Android 6 tablet, so you’ll get the tablet interface in these apps. Apps you install appear in your app launcher and on your taskbar as applications in their own windows. They’re not restricted to some weird separate interface, as Microsoft’s Metro apps were on Windows 8.

How well does it work? Almost perfectly. If you ever played with Google’s previous solution for running Android apps on a Chromebook—known as the Android Runtime for Chrome, or ARC—you’ll be shocked at how well it works. Where ARC limited you to a few hand-picked apps that had to be modified and installed from the Chrome Web Store, Google’s new Android support gives you unfettered access to the Google Play Store and lets you go crazy. That’s because Google is actually running a full, actual Android system in a container alongside Chrome OS. It’s not emulation—it’s Android.

This new Android support isn’t without its issues. Some apps don’t yet work, or have bugs—but every app I’ve tried works perfectly. Currently, you can only run apps in full-screen mode or in a window of a fixed size—it would be nice to resize them. Notifications can be a little unreliable, and apps can crash or freeze when you change your device’s orientation. But this is the first release, and these are bugs that can be fixed. Yes, this feature needs some more polish, but the core is unbelievably solid.

Mouse and keyboard support works pretty well. Right-clicking performs a long-press, so it brings up contextual actions. As a Chrome OS engineer noted on Reddit, scrolling just moves a “virtual finger” on your screen, which means you can swipe on your touchpad with two fingers to swipe around in apps. The touchscreen works very nicely for these apps, too.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Microsoft’s Office apps for Android bring offline Word, Excel, and PowerPoint functionality to Chromebooks.

Android’s app ecosystem puts Chrome’s app efforts to shame

Android apps catapult Chrome OS beyond being “just the web” and open up Chromebooks to far more functionality. While Microsoft is still desperately trying to build out the Windows Store and its Universal Windows Platform, Google just gave Chrome OS access to one of the biggest mobile-app universes.

This is huge news for Chrome OS. So many limits have now been blown past. For example, Chromebooks now have access to a full Skype application that supports video and phone calls, unlike Skype for Web. Chromebooks can now use Microsoft’s Office applications entirely offline, something Microsoft’s Office Online has never allowed. Chromebooks gain access to a large number of games that have never bothered with a web-based complement, such as Minecraft and Blizzard’s Hearthstone. Indeed, any services and games that have poor web apps—or no web apps at all—offer Android apps that can now fill the gap. Chrome OS now has a larger software ecosystem and will be a stronger competitor to Windows in the future.

Picture-in-picture mode on Chromebooks is almost identical to the one found on Android phones. Once activated, it transforms your video into a small window so you can do other things while watching. But the Chrome OS version is actually a bit better thanks to the addition of an Android 11 feature.

Devices running the latest version of Chrome OS can adjust the size of the floating video player. You can increase the size to nearly double its original proportions. No longer do you need to struggle to see your video on a 10 or 12-inch display. While this feature has been around since Chrome OS 69, these instructions are based on Chrome OS 78 or newer with the stable version of PiP mode.

Step 1: Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode

To enable PiP mode in the first place, start playing a video in any supported app, then minimize the video player window while it’s playing. This can be done by pressing Alt and the minus symbol if you’re in Desktop Mode, or by performing a long-swipe from the bottom of your screen if you’re in tablet mode.

  • More Info: How to Enable Picture-in-Picture on Chrome OS

Step 2: Adjust the Size

With PiP activated, tap the window to reveal a series of icons. In one of the corners (usually the top-left edge), you will a two diagonal white lines. Drag this corner outward to adjust the size of the PiP mode.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

It will get as big as twice the original dimensions, but you can also stop at any point along the way when you’re happy with the size.

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How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Back in May 2016, Google first announced that it would be releasing updates to Chrome OS that would allow Android apps on Chromebooks. While the Android app support rollout for Chrome OS devices was slow at first, there are now a healthy number of first and third-party devices that can run the hundreds of millions of apps available from the Google Play Store.

In addition to announcing that Android apps are coming to Chromebooks, Google also revealed it will start adding Linux app support to Chromebooks by lacing them in a Debian-based virtual machine.

Because of the rather long rollout of Android and Linux app support for Chromebooks, it’s difficult to keep up with which models can run these apps. This list will show just how many Chromebooks can currently run Android and Linux apps, along with the Chromebooks that are scheduled to add Android app support at some point. Keep in mind that starting in 2019, every Chromebook can run Android and Linux apps.

Chromebooks with Android and Linux app support:

Editor’s note: Because Google is constantly updating Chrome OS, this list will be updated as more Chromebooks are added to the Android and Linux list.

Chromebooks with Android app support in the Stable channel

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Here are the pre-2019 devices that can utilize Android apps:

  • Acer Chromebase (CA24I2, CA24V2)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 (C771, C771T, C740, C732, C732T, C732L, C732LT, CB311-8H, CB311-8HT)
  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 13 (CB713-1W)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (CP5-471)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532, CB515-1HT/1H, CB5-571, C910, CB315-1H/1HT)
  • Acer Chromebook 311 (C721, C733, C733U, C733T)
  • Acer Chromebook 315 (CB315-2H)
  • Acer Chromebook 512 (C851, C851T)
  • Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514)
  • Acer Chromebook 714 (CB714-1W, CB714-1WT)
  • Acer Chromebook 715 (CB715-1W, CB715-1WT)
  • Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
  • Acer Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (CP311-H1, CP311-1HN)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 13 (CP713-1WN)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H/1HT)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (R721T)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 511 (R752T, R752TN)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 512 (R851TN)
  • Acer Chromebook Tab 10
  • Acer Chromebox CXI3
  • AOpen Chromebase Mini
  • AOpen Chromebox Commercial 2
  • AOpen Chromebox Mini
  • Asus Chromebook (C202SA, C204, C223, C300SA, C301SA, C403, C423, C523)
  • Asus Chromebox 3 (CN65)
  • Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA, C101PA, C213, C214, C302, C434)
  • Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100
  • Bobicus Chromebook 11
  • CTL Chromebook (J2, J4, J41, J41T, J5 Convertible, NL61, NL7, NL7 LTE, NL7T-360, NL7TW-360)
  • CTL Chromebook Tablet Tx1 for Education
  • CTL ChromeboxCBx1
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180, 5190)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 (3189, 5190)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380, 7310)
  • Dell Chromebook (3100, 3100 2-in-1, 3400
  • Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 (7486)
  • eduGear Chromebook (CMT, K Series, M Series)
  • Edxis Education Chromebook
  • Haier Chromebook 11e
  • Haier Chromebook 11 C
  • HiSense Chromebook 11
  • HP Chromebook 11 (G5, G5 EE, G6 EE, G7 EE)
  • HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • HP Chromebook 14 (G5)
  • HP Chromebook 14A G5
  • HP Chromebook 15 G1
  • HP Chromebook x2
  • HP Chromebook x360 11 (G1 EE, G2 EE)
  • HP Chromebook x360 14
  • HP Chromebox G2
  • Lenovo 14e Chromebook
  • Lenovo 100e Chromebook (Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 2 MTK)
  • Lenovo 300e Chromebook (Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 2 MTK)
  • Lenovo 500e Chromebook (Gen 1, Gen 2)
  • Lenovo Chromebook (C330, C340-11, S330, S340-14)
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N42 Chromebook
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3, Gen 4)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3, Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook
  • Medion Chromebook S2015
  • Multilaser Chromebook M11C
  • NComputing Chromebook CX100
  • Nexian Chromebook 11.6”
  • PCMerge Chromebook (PCM-116E, PCM-116T-432B, AL116
  • Poin2 Chromebook 11
  • Poin2 Chromebook 11C
  • Poin2 Chromebook 14
  • Positivo Chromebook (CH1190, C216B)
  • Promethean Chromebox
  • Prowise Chromebook Eduline
  • Prowise Chromebook Entryline
  • Prowise Chromebook Proline
  • Samsung Chromebook 2 11″ – XE500C12
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus (Gen 1, LTE, V2)
  • Sector 5 E1 Rugged Chromebook
  • Sector 5 E3 Chromebook
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
  • ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox
  • Viglen Chromebook 11
  • Viglen Chromebook 11C
  • Viglen Chromebook 360

Chromebooks with planned Android app support

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Google’s own list does not indicate when these pre-2019 Chromebooks will get Android app support; only that it is “planned” at some point.

How to resize android apps on chromebooks

Android Nougat could probably be nicknamed “The Juggler” because of how it brought the gift of powerful multi-tasking to Android. Apparently, however, it might not just be Android that will benefit from that. According to Chrome Unboxed, even Chrome OS gets a taste of that multi-tasking if and when Nougat comes to Chrome OS. Apparently that might really be soon now, at least for those in the development channel, as screenshot reveal Chrome OS running not just Android 7.0 but Android 7.1.1 even.

Chrome OS can already run Android apps, or at least some of them, that much is true. But the current implementation, aside from being limited to a select few devices, isn’t all there yet. In particular, it’s impossible to resize Android apps running in Chrome OS. Either you’re given a big floating window designed for a tablet or you get a smaller window designed for a phone.

Nougat’s multi-window capabilities may have also been designed with Chrome OS in mind. In fact, on Android, having floating, resizable windows is officially an experimental feature. On Chrome OS, it will be a necessity.

Another multi-tasking feature that may arrive with Android N is keeping Android apps running in the background. In a “desktop” setting like Chrome OS, apps shouldn’t stop running just because they aren’t in focus. That seems to be the case with Android apps on Chrome OS though, which makes for a dealbreaking missing feature.

The big question now is “when”. Google seems to have been rather slow in rolling out Android to other Chromebooks, though the arrival of Samsung’s stylus-toting Chromebook Pro could give Google some incentive to pick up the slack. An Android Nougat update could once again revitalize the Chrome OS market. It might also, ironically, render Android tablets obsolete.

When you enable Linux on a Chromebook, Chrome OS allocates fixed storage for the Linux container. There is no option to expand or shrink the size of Linux containers thereafter. But with the recent Chrome OS 84 update, Google is bringing a lot of changes; like customizing the Linux terminal, allowing Linux apps to access your microphone and of course, providing Linux apps the opportunity to expand storage. Here’s how to resize your Linux drive storage on Chromebooks.

Expand Storage for Linux on your Chromebook

First make sure, that you are on the latest version of Chrome OS which is Chrome OS 84 or above. Now open “Settings” > “Device” and select “Storage management”. Here you can check out, how much storage space is available on your device. For example, I only have 7GB of storage.

So, you need to expand the storage for Linux with-in that available storage space, or else your local data may get deleted automatically without informing. If you want more space, delete the files manually and check out how much you can expand in the storage management.

Now if you haven’t installed Linux already on your Chromebook, you can set the disk size for Linux while installing itself.

Case 1: Expanding Storage when installing Linux

To install, open “Settings” > “Linux(Beta)” and click on the “Turn on” button beside the Linux option. Now on the pop-up, click on Next.

Here you can set your username for Linux and also set the disk size for the Linux container on your Chromebook. Make sure that you are not increasing more than the available storage space.

Once done, click on Install and wait for few minutes until Linux gets installed on your Chromebook.

Case 2: Expanding Storage of your existing Linux container

If you have already installed Linux, you can expand the storage from “Settings” and click on the “Linux” option under the “Linux(Beta)”. Now click on the “Change” button beside the Disk Size option.

Now you can expand the storage in the pop-up and click on Re-size. Increasing more than the available space may delete your local files, decreasing the storage may delete Linux files or even uninstall few Linux apps completely.

Once done, the storage space for Linux changes instantly without any loading time. If you have somehow increased the storage space for Linux more than needed, you can open the Files app to check out the warning message that says files may get deleted. You can open settings and decrease the disk space to revert back.

Wrapping up

This update of Chrome OS may be highly focused on Linux, but still, Linux apps lack GPU acceleration which makes Linux apps more useful for apps like video editing, etc. Anyhow Linux on Chromebooks is still on beta but hope Google brings that feature in the next update.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

Process management is one of the important aspects of System Administration in Linux, and it includes killing of processes using the kill command.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

In this how-to, we shall look at killing of less productive or unwanted processes on your Linux system.

What is a Process in Linux?

A process on a Linux system can be a running occurrence of an application or program. You can also refer to processes as tasks executing in the operating system.

When a process is running, it keeps on shifting from one state to another and a process can in one of the following states:

  1. Running: meaning the process is either executing or it is just set to be executed.
  2. Waiting: meaning that the process is waiting for an event or for a system resource to carry out a task.

There are two types of waiting process under Linux namely interruptible and uninterruptible.

A waiting process that can be interrupted by signals is called Interruptible, while a waiting process that is directly waiting on hardware conditions and cannot be interrupted under any conditions is called uninterruptible.

  1. Stopped: meaning that the process has been stopped, using a signal.
  2. Zombie: meaning the process has been stopped abruptly and is dead.

With this brief overview let us now look at ways of killing processes in a Linux system. We’ve already covered a few articles on ways to kill Linux running processes us using kill, pkill, killall and xkill, you can read them below.

When killing processes, the kill command is used to send a named signal to a named process or groups of processes. The default signal is the TERM signal.

Remember that the kill command can be a built-in function in many modern shells or external located at /bin/kill.

How to Find Process PID in Linux

In Linux every process on a system has a PID (Process Identification Number) which can be used to kill the process.

You can identify the PID of any process by using the pidof command as follows:

How to Kill Processes in Linux

Once you find the process PID, let us now look at how to kill processes. In this first example, I am going to first get the PID of the process and then send a signal to it.

I want to kill gimp process, so I will do it as follows:

To verify that the process has been killed, run the pidof command and you will not be able to view the PID.

You can also send a named signal to the process by using the signal name or numbers as follows:

Using the signal number to kill a process:

In the above example, the number 9 is the signal number for the SIGKILL signal.

How to Kill Multiple Process PID’s in Linux

To kill more than one process, pass the PID(s) to the kill command as follows:

Summary

There are many other ways of killing processes in Linux, these few examples just help to give you an overview of killing processes. Do let us know how you kill processes in Linux? and also tell other ways if any via comments.

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How to kill zombie processes on linux

A zombie or a defunct process in Linux is a process that has been completed, but its entry still remains in the process table due to lack of correspondence between the parent and child processes. Usually, a parent process keeps a check on the status of its child processes through the wait() function. When the child process has finished, the wait function signals the parent to completely exit the process from the memory. However, if the parent fails to call the wait function for any of its children, the child process remains alive in the system as a dead or zombie process. These zombie processes might accumulate, in large numbers, on your system and affect its performance. In that case, you might have to kill these zombies manually through the ways and commands described in this tutorial.

Viewing Zombie Processes

  • Through the Graphical User Interface
  • Through the Command Line

Through the GUI

In order to graphically view any zombie processes running on your system, open the System Monitor utility through your Ubuntu Dash. In the following screenshot of my System Monitor, you can view that there are two zombies running on my system. It is also possible that the number of zombie processes on your system might be less or more than the ones running on mine.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

Through the Command Line

The top command displays a detailed view of the processes running on your system along with the memory and CPU resources they are using. It also gives you information about any zombie processes running on your system. Open the Terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and then type top. I got the following output after running this command.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

You can see in the second line that there is 1 zombie process running on my system.

If you want further details about the zombie process, use the following command:

This command will give you the state, parentID, the process ID, the program that is running the zombie process(a dummy program by the name ‘zombie’ on my system). The defunct flag tells you that this is a dead, zombie process.

Killing a Zombie-Process

First, let us understand how zombie processes are a threat to our system’s performance. It is important to learn that zombies are dead and mostly completed processes that do not take memory or CPU resources. However, each of these processes has a unique process ID assigned to them which comes from a limited pool of PIDs reserved for your processor. If a large number of zombies gather, they will eat up most part of the PID pool and the new processes will not be able to launch due to lack of a process ID. Advertisement

A small number of defunct programs occupying your system is not a big threat but that means that their parent programs have not been able to call them off due to a bug or a missing wait() function.

When a parent process has not been able to call the wait() function automatically, we need to manually signal the parent process to run the wait function on all its children so the ones with a complete state can be called back. We can do this by running the SIGCHLD command. When that doesn’t work, we can manually kill the parent process so that all its zombie children are also killed, freeing the process IDs for the new processes.

  • Through the Graphical User Interface
  • Through the Command Line

Through the GUI

  1. Open the System Monitor utility through Ubuntu Dash.
  2. Search for the term Zombie through the Search button.
  3. Select the zombie process, right-click and then select Kill from the menu.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

The zombie process will be killed from your system.

Through the Command Line

After you know that there any zombie processes running on your system through the top command, view the details of the processes.

The usual way is to use the following command that signals the zombie’s parent process to kill the command.

This command may not work in a few cases as not all parent processes are programmed properly in order check upon the child processes. In that case, you can kill the parent process through the following command:

When you have killed all the zombie processes through this way and run the top command, you will be able to see that there are no zombie processes running on your system anymore:

How to kill zombie processes on linux

After working along with this tutorial, you can optimize your operating system by looking for any zombie processes on your system and killing them manually through the command line or the graphical user interface. This act will free up process IDs for the new processes that you want to run on your system.

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Before you learn about Zombie process, let me recall what is a process in Linux.

In a few words, a process is a running instance of a program in performance. It can be foreground (interactive process) or background (not interactive or automatic process). It can be a parent (creator of other processes during run-time) or child (process created by others) process.

In Linux, except for the first init (or systemd) process with PID 0, every other process has a parent process. Processes also have their own child processes.

Don’t believe me? Use the pstree command in terminal to look at the process tree to see the ‘family tree’ of your system’s processes.

What is a Zombie process in Linux?

When a child process dies, the parent process is informed so that it can do some clean up like freeing up memory etc. However, child process goes into zombie state if the parent process is not aware of its death. For the parent, the child still exists but the child process is actually dead. This is how zombie processes (also known as defunct processes) are created and stay in the system.

Here’s an excellent funny take on the zombie process by Turnoff.us:

How to kill zombie processes on linux

Do you really need to worry about Zombie processes?

Here is important to say that zombie processes are not as dangerous as its name can sound.

The problem may arise if your system has limited RAM or if there are too many zombie processes eating up RAM. Also, most Linux processes can have maximum PID set to 32768. If there are no available IDs for other productive tasks, your system may crash.

This rarely happens, but it’s a possibility, specially if a poorly coded program starts inducing numerous zombie processes.

In such case, it would be a good idea to find and kill zombie process.

How to find zombie processes?

A process in Linux can have one of the following states:

  • D = uninterruptible sleep
  • I = idle
  • R = running
  • S = sleeping
  • T = stopped by job control signal
  • t = stopped by debugger during trace
  • Z = zombie

But where can you see the processes and their respective status? One easy way is to use the terminal and the top command.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are 250 total tasks (or processes), 1 is running, 248 processes are sleeping and 1 is in zombie state.

Now, the question arises, how to kill the zombie process?

How to find and kill a zombie process? Can a zombie process be killed?

How to kill zombie processes on linux

A zombie process is already dead. How do you kill an already dead process?

In the zombie movies, you shoot the zombies in the head or burn it. That’s not an option here. You can burn your system for killing the zombie process but that’s not a feasible solution 😉

Some people suggests sending SIGCHLD signal to the parent process. But it is more likely to be ignored. The other option to kill the zombie process is to kill its parent process. That sounds brutal but that’s the only sure shot way of killing zombie processes.

So, first, let’s list the zombie processes to know their ID. It can be achieved by using the ps command like this in the terminal.

The 8th column in the output of the ps ux command displays the state of a process. You are asking to print all the matching lines where the state of a process is Z+ (indicating zombie state).

Once you have identified its process ID, let’s get its parent’s process ID.

Alternatively, you can combine the above two commands in the following fashion where it directly provides the PID of the zombie process and the PID of its parent process.

Here you get the parent process ID, so finally kill the process by typing the command line with its respective ID process obtained before.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

You can verify if the zombie process is killed or not by running the ps command again or even the top command.

Also known as “defunct” or “dead” process – In simple words, a Zombie process is one that is dead but is present in the system’s process table. Ideally, it should have been cleaned from the process table once it completed its job/execution but for some reason, its parent process didn’t clean it up properly after the execution.

In a just (Linux) world, a process notifies its parent process once it has completed its execution and has exited. Then the parent process would remove the process from process table. At this step, if the parent process is unable to read the process status from its child (the completed process), it won’t be able to remove the process from memory and thus the process being dead still continues to exist in the process table – hence, called a Zombie!

In order to kill a Zombie process, we need to identify it first. The following command can be used to find zombie processes:

$ ps aux | egrep “Z|defunct”

Z in the STAT column and/or [defunct] in the last (COMMAND) column of the output would identify a Zombie process.

Now practically you can’t kill a Zombie because it is already dead! What can be done is to notify its parent process explicitly so that it can retry to read the child (dead) process’s status and eventually clean them from the process table. This can be done by sending a SIGCHLD signal to the parent process. The following command can be used to find the parent process ID (PID):

$ ps -o ppid=

Once you have the Zombie’s parent process ID, you can use the following command to send a SIGCHLD signal to the parent process:

$ kill -s SIGCHLD

However, if this does not help clearing out the Zombie process, you will have to kill or restart its parent process OR in case of a huge surge in Zombie processes causing or heading towards system outage, you will have no choice but to go for a system reboot. The following command can be used to kill its parent process:

$ kill -9

Note that killing a parent process will affect all of its child processes, so a quick double check will be helpful to be safe. Alternatively, if few lying zombie processes are not consuming much CPU/Memory, it’s better to kill the parent process or reboot the system in the next scheduled system maintenance.

Nawaz is a Linux CLI enthusiast and works as System Development Engineer at Amazon. Having a knack for Automation, he believes that “every manual and repetitive task should be done meticulously to such an extent that its automation becomes a necessity!” Nawaz can be reached via LinkedIn and email.

Zombied processes can indicate a software problem. So when a process goes full-on zombie, you need to know what to do.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

Wait. Wrong type of zombies.

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Every so often a Linux process goes astray and does nothing–not even gobble up CPU cycles. Although zombies don’t use precious resources (like a running and rogue app might), it can pose a threat. How? When a process is zombied, it retains its Process ID (PID). Since Linux systems have a finite number of PIDs (although that number is pretty high), should enough PIDs be zombied, no other process could launch.

Chances of that happening are very unlikely. However, more importantly, zombied processes indicate something has gone wrong with an application, and there might be a bug in a particular program. Bugs on data center software should not be tolerated and need to be addressed. Until the flaw is addressed, you might want to check for and kill zombie processes.

So when a process goes full-on zombie, what do you do? You find and kill those zombie processes. Let me show you how.

Finding a zombie

The first thing to do is to find the zombie process. Fortunately, this is really easy, thanks to the ps command. Pipe the output of the ps command through grep to list out any process whose STAT is Z (for zombie). Open a terminal window and issue the following command:

The output of the above command will list out any process that includes Z in the output (Figure A).

How to kill zombie processes on linux

Figure A: Plenty of Zombied commands.

As you can see, there are a number of running processes that have a Zombie status. This command will also list any process that includes the letter Z in the output, so you need to ignore anything without a Z in the STAT column.

Killing a zombie

Instead of decapitating, burning, or completely dismembering the zombie, we want to use the kill command to end those zombies. The output of the first command will include the PID of all zombied processes, so to kill one of those, you issue the command:

Where PID is the process ID of the process in question. So if you want to kill the zombied thunderbird process (with PID 20589), the command is:

You could get crafty and cobble together a bash script to take care of this automatically, however, you run the risk of killing a necessary process. Because of that risk, I always recommend taking care of this task manually. This is especially true, considering we’re working with a production-level, data center server (although I demonstrated on a desktop machine).

If you find services and apps crashing on you, you should check for zombied processes and get rid of them. Once you know which processes are being zombied, file a bug report or contact the developer and let them know (especially if this becomes a regular occurrence for an application).

How to kill zombie processes on linux

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A zombie is already dead, so you cannot kill it. To clean up a zombie, it must be waited on by its parent, so killing the parent should work to eliminate the zombie. (After the parent dies, the zombie will be inherited by pid 1, which will wait on it and clear its entry in the process table.)

How do you deal with zombie processes?

The zombie processes can be removed from the system by sending the SIGCHLD signal to the parent, using the kill command. If the zombie process is still not eliminated from the process table by the parent process, then the parent process is terminated if that is acceptable.

How do I find zombie processes in Linux?

Zombie processes can be found easily with the ps command. Within the ps output there is a STAT column which will show the processes current status, a zombie process will have Z as the status. In addition to the STAT column zombies commonly have the words in the CMD column as well.

How do I kill unused processes in Linux?

  1. What Processes Can You Kill in Linux?
  2. Step 1: View Running Linux Processes.
  3. Step 2: Locate the Process to Kill. Locate a Process with ps Command. Finding the PID with pgrep or pidof.
  4. Step 3: Use Kill Command Options to Terminate a Process. killall Command. pkill Command.
  5. Key Takeaways on Terminating a Linux Process.

What kills a zombie?

Decapitation: It’s an old method but a good one. To kill zombies, you need to destroy their brains. The most surefire route is simply lopping off the cranium with a chainsaw, machete, or samurai sword. Mind the follow-through, however – anything less than 100 percent decapitation will just make them angry.

Which command is used to suspend a process in Unix?

You could suspend a process by using Ctrl-Z and then running a command such a kill %1 (depending on how many background processes you have running) to snuff it out.

What is zombie state?

Zombie state: When a process is created in UNIX using fork() system call, the address space of the Parent process is replicated. If the parent process calls wait() system call, then the execution of parent is suspended until the child is terminated.

What is zombie process daemon?

Whenever a process terminates, all of its children (running or zombie ) are adopted by the init process. Zombies are child processes which have already terminated, and exist when their parent is still alive but has not yet called wait to obtain their exit status.

How do you kill PID?

To kill a process use the kill command. Use the ps command if you need to find the PID of a process. Always try to kill a process with a simple kill command. This is the cleanest way to kill a process and has the same effect as cancelling a process.

How do I list all processes in Linux?

Check running process in Linux

  1. Open the terminal window on Linux.
  2. For remote Linux server use the ssh command for log in purpose.
  3. Type the ps aux command to see all running process in Linux.
  4. Alternatively, you can issue the top command or htop command to view running process in Linux.

What is PS EF command in Linux?

This command is used to find the PID (Process ID, Unique number of the process) of the process. Each process will have the unique number which is called as PID of the process.

Which command is used to terminate a process?

Terminate the process. When no signal is included in the kill command -line syntax, the default signal that is used is –15 (SIGKILL). Using the –9 signal (SIGTERM) with the kill command ensures that the process terminates promptly.

How do you kill a job in Unix?

You can terminate Unix jobs in different ways. A simple way is to bring the job to foreground and terminate it, with control-c for example. If the -2 signal does not work, the process may be blocked or may be executing improperly. In this case, use -1 (SIGHUP), -15 (SIGTERM), and then at last resort -9 (SIGKILL).

Every running program, script, or task is a process in Linux. Also, one process can also spawn one or more processes, meaning one process can be the parent of other process. But sometimes, you may end up having zombie processes in your system. In this article, we will look at how to find & kill zombie processes in Linux.

What is Zombie process?

Typically, when a child process dies (or terminates), its parent process is informed about it so that it can cleanup the system resources previously used by its child process. But sometimes it may happen that a child process dies and its parent process is not aware of this incident. In such cases, the parent process thinks that its child process still exists. Such dead processes are known as zombie process. They are also known as defunct process. This is mostly the result of poor programming or software bugs. They do not cause any issues unless there are too many zombie processes occupying a large chunk of your system resources.

How to Find & Kill Zombie Processes in Linux

Here are the steps to find and kill zombie processes. You can use these steps in any Linux distribution, since these commands are available on almost every Linux flavor.

1. Find Zombie processes

Every Linux process can have any of the following states:

  • D = uninterruptible sleep
  • I = idle
  • R = running
  • S = sleeping
  • T = stopped by job control signal
  • t = stopped by debugger during trace
  • Z = zombie

One of the easiest ways to find zombie process is to run the top command. The S column in output displays the state of each process. If it is Z for any process, then it is a zombie process.

How to kill zombie processes on linux

You can also use the ps command to get a list of zombie process. The 8th column of output of ps command displays the state of each process.

So we will run an awk command on the output of ps command, asking it to filter those records where the 8th column has value of Z.

Note the PID of all processes mentioned in the output of above command. Once we have PID of zombie processes, we need to find their parent.

We will use the following command for this purpose. Replace with the PID of zombie process obtained above.

2. Kill Zombie process

Unfortunately, the only way to kill a zombie process, or free its resources, is to kill its parent. Once we obtain the PID of parent process of zombie processes, you can use the kill command to kill them.

That’s it. In this article, we have learnt how to find and kill zombie processes. Since, you need to kill the parent of a zombie process, make sure to check if any other of its child process is running. Killing the parent will kill all child processes.

But remember that when you reboot the system, all zombie processes are destroyed anyway. So if you have a sibling process of a zombie process, that is still running, then it is better to leave its parent running, instead of killing it. If your system is running out resources and showing performance issues then you may need to kill the parent, and in turn, kill the zombie process.

Processes marked as are zombie(Z in ps command output) processes (also called as “dead” processes) that remain in process table memory because their parent has not destroyed them properly after their execution .

These processes are destroyed by init(8) once the parent process exits.

1. Viewing defunct processes

2. Re-read child process state.
We can try to send SIGCHLD signal to the parent process to let it try to re-read the child process status and clean them in case their execution is completed.

However this rarely works as the process was waiting due to sleep or wait call and not due to an error.

3. Kill/Clean defunct process by killing/restarting the parent process.
We can’t kill a already killed/dead process , we can only wait for its parent process to clean it.

Or we can restart the parent process to clean it from process table.
Hence lets kill the parent process to clean the defunct process.

However in this method there is a limitation, killing/restarting parent process will impact all child processes and can cause outage on the server.

In this case, you can keep the zombies running on as they are already completed processes and doesn’t consume more CPU/memory usage and restart the process id during maintenance window later.

Today we will learn about zombie processes. In particular, we will guide you to find and kill zombie processes on your Linux / Unix operating systems.

What is a zombie process?

On Linux / Unix operating systems, a defunc process (aka zombie process) is a system process that has completed its execution, however it still show on the system process table. In other words, it’s an empty process, that is not executing any task, but still exist and has a process ID.

If there is a zombie process, there is a parent process around. And the same as in the movies, zombies do not react to normal ways of killing. On Unix / Linux it’s the same, you can’t kill the zombie, but you can kill the parent process, which will make the zombie process dissapear immediately.

Zombie processes can be found on almost any Unix / Linux operating system, and that also includes cPanel servers.

How can I list zombie processes on my system?

Zombies processes can be found by using the ps command, and piping a grep command with ‘defunc’ or ‘Z’ string in the “STAT” column.

Example: finding zombie processes using ps and grep.

Kill zombie processes

Now in order to kill the zombie process, just kill the 3572 process and it should be gone. Let’s use pstree command to fund out the parent process

The output should be something like:

This will show the pid of the of the parent of the zombie process. Now you need to kill the parent process.

All done, now you know how to find and kill zombie processes on Linux / Unix operating systems. Do you know other ways to find and kill zombie processes on Linux / Unix? Please share your knowledge with us.

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

    If you’ve taken the time and done the work involved in locating and hiring a nanny, it’s in your best interest to ensure that your nanny is happy and wants to stay. If your nanny is feeling burned out from the rigors of the job, she may decide to quit, or you may notice her performance suffering and have to release her.

Either way, it’s a losing proposition for everyone concerned. The nanny has to find a new job, you have to find a new nanny, and your children aren’t getting the optimal care.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your nanny happy on the job and minimize the possibility she’ll leave. We’ll explain the signs to watch out for and offer some helpful tips.

While everyone has an occasional bad day, if you notice your nanny regularly exhibiting the following behaviors, it may be a warning sign she’s feeling overwhelmed by her job.

Changes in Behavior

Sudden changes in behavior may be a sign your nanny is burning out. Things to watch for include irritability and impatience. If you notice these changes in your nanny’s conduct, ask your spouse or friends if they think she seems distracted, or if they notice she doesn’t seem to be paying attention when she’s with your child. Advertising

Fatigue

If your nanny was once a bundle of energy while taking the kids back and forth to school and running errands, but now she’s tired all the time, or seemingly disinterested, she may be burned out.

Unhappy Kids

Your nanny was doing a great job, but now your child seems unhappy or upset when spending time with her, this could be a sign something is wrong.

Unreliability

If your once-responsible and reliable nanny is suddenly tardy, starts calling in sick, misses appointments, or is no longer available to work occasional extra hours, she may be near the end of her rope, as far as the job is concerned.

The nature of a nanny’s job attracts people who like to help others. Because this is a nanny’s predisposition, she may find it hard to say ‘no’ to requests. If she starts feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work she’s expected to do, she’ll eventually burn out. Here are some tips to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction. Advertising

Preventing Job Creep

“Job creep” is a term used to describe the gradual expansion of a nanny’s duties and responsibilities, which can grow to the point where they become overwhelming. Because the addition of new duties is gradual, the employer may not realize how much has been added to a nanny’s workload. If your nanny is experiencing job creep, she may become overwhelmed and want to leave.

The key to preventing job creep is to respect your nanny’s boundaries. A written contract will delineate your nanny’s responsibilities and clarify her rights. Since new tasks need to be added to the written contract, this process in itself can help make an employer more mindful of the nanny’s workload.

The contract should be clear, and include:

  • Daily duties
  • How the nanny will be paid, and how often
  • Working hours
  • Length of contract
  • Length of time each party requires to be notified about schedule changes
  • Tax, health, and other benefit information
  • The process involved in terminating the contract (verbal warning, written letter, etc.)
  • Household privileges, such as car, phone, internet, or TV
  • Information on driving, including which car to use, how gas will be paid for, etc.

Open Communication

You’re busy. That’s one of the reasons you hired child care help. Make some time to talk to your nanny and check in with her a couple of times a year to discuss how the job is going; this will allow you to make necessary course corrections. Ask her how her life is going outside of the job. She’ll appreciate it. Advertising

Recognize Her Good Performance

Just like everyone else, your nanny wants to feel appreciated for her work. Praise her for a job well done. Let her know when she’s gone above and beyond the call of duty. Combine the ‘thank you’ with a small gift, such as a session at a local massage center or a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant.

Respect Your Nanny

Your nanny deserves to be treated with respect, and as an equal. She’s a trusted employee, not a servant.

Keep the Relationship Professional

Your nanny is an employee who works in your home, not your best friend. While there’s nothing wrong with being friendly, there’s a line you shouldn’t cross. Don’t say anything to your nanny you wouldn’t say to a co-worker at your job.

Respect Working Hours

If you’re out and are supposed to return home at a specific time but know you’re going to be late, call your nanny and let her know.

Pay Your Nanny on Time

Forgetting to pay your nanny on payday or to pay her for overtime sends a signal that you don’t care. Using a nanny payroll company with direct deposit simplifies this process for you and means your nanny won’t have to run to the bank every payday to deposit her check.

Give Her a Free Hand

No one likes to be micromanaged. A little autonomy goes a long way toward promoting a good relationship and job satisfaction.

Fund Expenses in Advance

Expenses that arise in the course of the day may include things such as gas, meals, groceries, and activities. Your nanny shouldn’t be required to pay for these expenses and wait for you to reimburse her. Set up a petty cash jar for expenses or give the nanny a check card or credit card to for this purpose. Responsibilities regarding expenses should be spelled out in the employment agreement.

Give Her a Break

Everyone appreciates a little break now and then. Keep nanny burnout in check with an occasional paid day off. Your nanny will appreciate the gesture and get a chance to unwind. Think of it as a mini-vacation.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

A large part of your nanny’s job satisfaction is based on good communication. You need to have reasonable, clearly expressed expectations. You should praise the nanny for a job well done and give and receive feedback. This will go a long way toward making sure your nanny is happy with her work environment, which in turn will make you a satisfied employer. Follow our tips and you’re likely to have a mutually beneficial, harmonious relationship with your nanny.

Add an experience section to your resume, then list all of your babysitting work as a single job titled ‘Babysitting’. Give a combined start and end date, then list the key duties you performed over this time. Finally, list any skills or qualifications you have such as CPR and First Aid certification.

Should you put nanny on resume?

When you add nanny experience to a resume, include all the positions you’ve held in the past seven to 10 years. The more information you include, the more informed a prospective employer will be about your skills, knowledge and experience as a professional caregiver of children.

What do you say when applying for a nanny job?

Just include about yourself that’s relevant to that specific job. Remember, your application is an opportunity to talk about why you’re a good match for this family. If they want to learn more about you, they’ll visit your babysitter profile and review your bio, qualifications, and experience.

What qualities make a good nanny?

10 TOP CHARACTERISTICS TO LOOK FOR IN A NANNYLove of children. Of course the top characteristic of a nanny is her genuine love of kids. Enthusiastic. Nannies work long days and often have a lot of responsibilities. Fun. Childhood is all about fun. Nurturing. Common sense. Punctual. Trustworthy. Flexible.

What is a fancy word for nanny?

caregiver. nounperson caring for child. au pair. babysitter. caretaker.

What is a professional nanny called?

Live-in nannies are typically professional career nannies. This is their job and they take it very seriously. Some may be active members of nanny organizations, trained in specific areas of child care.

What is the difference between a maid and a nanny?

Nannies are dedicated, loyal, experienced and love working with children. They are honest and trustworthy and will have impeccable references. A housekeeper does more than a cleaner but is not tasked with the responsibility of caring for children.

Does a nanny cook and clean?

Nannies typically complete any household chores that involve taking care of children. Here is a list of basic housekeeping duties you could reasonably expect from your nanny: Doing the child’s laundry. Washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen after meals with kids.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a nanny?

Nanny ResponsibilitiesCreating a safe and stimulating environment for the children.Bathing and dressing.Changing diapers and potty-training, if age-appropriate.Children’s laundry.Planning meals, preparing food, and/or feeding the children.Arranging playdates and outings.Indoor and outdoor play.Educational activities and crafts.

What does a nanny housekeeper do?

Nanny Housekeepers duties may include; cooking, laundry, ironing, cleaning silverware, bathrooms, vacuuming etc, childcare assistance to a parent, sole charge nanny, plus baby-sitting. A Nanny Housekeeper may live with a family or live out and work part time or 5 to 6 days per week for 10 to 12 hours per day.

How much should I charge for nanny?

Average Nanny Rates in 20, the average nanny charged $17.09 per hour, with anything in the range $15 to $19 being common. On the higher-end, nannies charged $22.35 per hour while nannies on the lower-end earned $12.72 per hour.

What is considered light housekeeping for a nanny?

Light housekeeping, when it comes to nanny and parent lingo, is defined as picking up after yourself and leaving the home in the same condition you found it in. It refers to normal and typical daily cleanup. Mopping the floor as a regular daily or weekly task, however, would not be considered light housekeeping.

What do full time nannies do?

Your full-time nanny will be responsible for taking care of your child in your absence during agreed upon work hours. These duties include care such as feeding, bathing, changing diapers, maintaining a routine, putting your child down for naps, and ensuring the well-being and health of your child.

What do nannies do all day?

Here’s the standard that most agencies quote: “Anything to do with the children is the nanny’s job: making their meals and maintaining the kitchen, cleaning their rooms, washing their laundry and putting it away, straightening and organizing their play area and toys.” So far, so good.

Do you give your nanny a raise?

Typically nannies are given a cost of living raise in addition to a merit raise. The average nanny raise is about 5-10% of her salary. Nannies also appreciate a year-end or holiday bonus. Typically nannies receive 1 to 2 or more weeks of paid salary as a bonus.

Is it OK to pay nanny cash?

If you’re paying your nanny cash under the table, you might catch heat from the IRS. It may be tempting to slip your caregiver some cash off the books, but you’re taking a chance with the IRS for failure to pay the appropriate employment taxes.

Can I 1099 my nanny?

If a babysitter or nanny is self-employed, you don’t have reporting or withholding requirements. The babysitters still must report their income to the IRS. However, you don’t need to issue a Form 1099-MISC or withhold taxes. This is because you aren’t paying the babysitter in the course of your trade or business.

What happens if you don’t pay nanny tax?

Since you don’t pay nanny taxes, including unemployment taxes, you can expect a call from your state with failure-to-pay and failure-to-file penalties, which can add up to 50 percent of the tax due. That’s on top of the unemployment taxes you neglected to pay while employing your nanny.

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

No matter how wonderful your nanny is or how dedicated she is to your children, there may come a time when she’s feeling a little burned out on the job. As you know, caring for a child’s daily needs is tough work, and as with any job, over time, the demands can take their toll. Nanny burnout can ultimately lead to your nanny’s exit, either because she quits or because you feel she’s no longer right for the job. What’s more, it likely means that your children are not receiving the best possible care.

You can help keep your beloved nanny from reaching the point of no return by recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to keep her and your family happy with the care she provides.

Possible Warning Signs of Nanny Burnout

While it may be that your dear nanny is just having a bad day or struggling with a personal issue, these warning signs could also signal that she could use a break:

1. Behavioral Changes
Your nanny appears as though she’s lost interest in the kids she cares for or in the job requirements. She’s regularly irritable and appears to have a low level of patience. If you see changes in your nanny’s behavior, ask your friends if they see her distracted or doing something other than paying attention to your child when they see them together at the park or school pick up.

2. Fatigue
Your nanny used to be up for running the kids to and from school, stopping at the playground with them to play catch and thought nothing of wrestling the stroller down the front stairs to run a quick errand. Now, she’s pooped.

3. Unhappy Kids
Kids go through stages, sometimes looking forward to the nanny’s arrival and other times being disappointed that you aren’t the one picking them up from school. But, if your child is regularly unhappy about being with the nanny, it could be a sign that he’s not receiving the most positive or upbeat care.

4. Unreliability
Your nanny starts showing up late, calls in sick more often, forgets to take your child to an appointment or is suddenly inflexible about staying late or working extra hours when you travel. This could indicate a weary nanny.

Tips for Preventing Nanny Burnout

According to Lizzie Lebherz, a former nanny and popular babysitter on UrbanSitter, childcare providers are often natural helpers and givers who enjoy improving the lives of others through whatever they can do to help. “This desire to help often leads to difficulty saying ‘no’ to a parent’s request, because I can clearly see how helpful it would be to them,” she says. “But, over time, it leads to feeling overwhelmed and eventually, totally burn out. “

You can boost your nanny’s job satisfaction and help her avoid burnout by being a top-notch communicator, setting realistic expectations, being mindful of boundaries and going the extra mile to help her create a more balanced life. Here are a few tips for doing just that:

1. Keep communication lines open and well-greased.
In your rush to get to work, it’s easy to run out the door and assume that all is going well with your child’s care unless you hear otherwise. Make an effort to stay connected with your nanny for regular check-ins, and sit down to discuss how the job is going at last twice a year, in order to make any necessary adjustments. “When a parent takes the time to sit down with me regularly and asks how my life is going outside of the job and how balanced I feel, it makes a big, positive difference in how I feel about my job,” says Lebherz. “These sit-downs are a really great time to listen to each other and learn where we can help each other out.”

2. Clearly define and respect the boundaries.
If your nanny feels taken advantage of — being asked to stay late more often than she’d like, for example — resentment will build, which can quickly sour the relationship. Make sure you see eye to eye by clearly defining your expectations, and be upfront and frank about secondary job expectations that could easily make or break the relationship if you aren’t on the same page. For instance, be clear about responsibilities like cooking for the kids, cleaning requirements and any weekly tasks you need her to handle. Also make a point of showing your nanny that you respect her and her authority and insist that your children do the same.

3. Evaluate her workload and when warranted, give her a break!
Have you been gradually adding responsibilities to your nanny’s plate, expecting to her to care for a new baby while keeping up with a growing toddler or expecting her to also chauffeur kids to school and to a growing list of activities? It may be that your childcare needs have evolved and your nanny may no longer be the right fit. But, before you panic and look for a replacement, talk with her about how you can help her evolve with the job and look at ways to cut her a bit of a break. An occasional, paid day off goes a long way in showing your appreciation and providing your nanny with a chance to rest and recharge.

By watching for signs of nanny burnout and following these tips to prevent your nanny from feeling overworked and under appreciated, you can help her feel comfortable and confident in the very important role she plays in your family. If despite your best efforts, either your nanny or you feel that the relationship has reached an end, know when to call it quits. Sometimes, no matter how much you adore your nanny or how much she loves your kids, it’s time to part ways. If that happens you can visit UrbanSitter to review nanny profiles and check reviews to find a match that is just right for your family.

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

Caring for our aging parents isn’t easy. Acting as a caregiver can result in unwanted stress and can put a strain on your relationships and career. According to AARP, about 25.5 million Americans struggle to find work-life balance while caring for their aging parents. Though striking that balance isn’t easy, today we’re going to share some tips on how to find a routine that works for you.

1. Prioritize and Organize

There is a “six-step process” that can help you take control of your work-life balance:

  1. Assess your situation
  2. Learn about your available resources
  3. Weigh your options
  4. Implement your plan
  5. Look out for changing circumstances
  6. Modify your plan as needed

Between work, family, and aging parents, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Before you continue, take a moment to fully appreciate what needs to be done on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Do your parents have regular doctor’s appointments? Do your children have after-school activities that you need to take them to? Write down these errands and activities, either on a notepad or on your computer. Visualizing everything you need to address allows you to move on to the next step: organization.

Creating a schedule to follow is a lot easier once you know what to prepare for. In today’s world of apps and messaging, it’s easier than ever to set reminders and keep everyone in the loop about what needs to be done. Remember to include all necessary, non-health related errands in your schedule: Designate Saturday morning as your time to grocery shop for your parents, for example, instead of going whenever you have the time. Take advantage of the many calendar apps that let you share appointments with other people’s calendars so they can help out when needed. (More on this later.)

2. Speak With Your Employer

While we all want to show our dedication to our job, sometimes work’s demands can affect our ability to check in with our aging parents. If you find yourself in this situation, talk with your employer and try to come up with a manageable solution. Can adjust your working hours so you can check on your parents in the morning or on your way home? Could you work from home? Before starting the discussion, have your responsibilities and contributions laid out in order to guide the discussion towards practical solutions.

Being prepared before walking into your supervisor’s office not only shows that you take your situation seriously, but also shows that you don’t want possible disruptions to affect your productivity.

It’s also worth speaking with an HR rep to get an understanding of what assistance options are available to you, either through your company benefits or your insurance plan. You might have personal days designated for family emergencies, or other resources through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Remember that there are also government-sanctioned programs like the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) designed to help employees address family matters without fear of losing their job.

3. Reach Out to Family and Friends

Nobody says you have to care for your aging parents all on your own. This is one of the many myths that surround elder care. Reach out to your personal network for help with your parents. Considering asking your parents’ neighbors to check in during bad weather to make sure they’re alright. If you have siblings or other close relatives, ask them to take turns taking your parents to doctor’s appointments or on errands. If you’re uncomfortable asking for this type of help, offer something in return: maybe treat them to a home-cooked meal or offer to house sit for an upcoming vacation.

4. Find an Elder Caregiver

While you may be able to spread out the responsibility of caring for your parents between a few people, this may not be enough. Circumstances may change: if your parent suffers an injury or becomes less able to take care of themselves, it may be necessary to hire an elder caregiver. While you can reach out to a traditional agency to find you a caregiver, other companies like CareLinx and KindlyCare utilize the “sharing economy” model to match caregivers with those who need them. With these companies, you are in charge of interviewing and hiring caregivers, giving you flexibility while also ensuring caregivers are properly paid for their time.

5. Make Time for Yourself

There are many ways to go about maintaining your work life balance, but perhaps the most important is remembering to take care of yourself, too. Don’t neglect your own health; as much as you want to be there for your loved one, signs of exhaustion, colds, or other potential sickness will limit your ability to take proper care of them. Exercise is a natural stress reliever. Basic tips for living a healthy life, including proper sleep and healthy diet, shouldn’t be forgotten. To reduce the risk of burnout, take regular breaks at work and at home, whether that be eating lunch outside or going for an evening walk.

Speaking of burnout, there’s no shame in asking for extra help or some extended time off. Perhaps ask a family or friend to watch your loved one outside of their schedule so you can take a weekend vacation or spend an evening out with friends. Whatever you decide to do with your time off, try to talk about something other than caring for your loved one. But if you need to talk to someone who can help manage your stress, consider joining a support group. PBS explains there are online groups dedicated to people dealing with elder care, so don’t worry if there aren’t any local groups near you.

What tips do you have for maintaining a work-life balance when caring for aging parents? Let us know in the comments below.

It is important that you take a moment yearly to evaluate your nanny’s job performance in order to give accolades or identify areas for improvement.
The nanny report card is designed to facilitate communication between the nanny and the parent. Communication is the vane of most relationships, an effective open dialogue between the parents and the nannies will yield the greatest results in the child.

In my book “ How to Get the Best out of your Nanny” I talk about the importance on communication between a parent and a nanny. For the parents to get the best out of their nanny, they must communicate! Parents that fail to communicate end up in a soured situation that can easily leave a “dent” on the child’s behavior pattern. Children tend to feed of of our emotions, so if they feel there is tension or a negative reaction to how you treat your nanny, it will show in their behavior.

In addition the report card can be used to honor the nanny with an annual raise and or bonus based on performance and appreciation. So having a report card is a great way to allow the nanny to see how well she performs since communication is a two way act of imparting or exchanging of information I have also written a report card that a nanny can use to evaluate the parents as well. Nannies sometimes feel that there are things they can communicate that will help make the job easier and fun especially for the sake of the children.

PARENT TO NANNY QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. Do you feel that your nanny is attentive to the child’s safety?

If not, how should she improve?

2. Do you feel that your nanny is meeting your child’s needs?

If not, what do you suggest she does to improve on meeting your child’s needs?

3.Do you feel like your nanny is attentive to your child’s hygiene?
(diaper changing, bath, nail clipping, washing children’s hands.. etc)

If not, what should she do to help improve on your child’s hygiene?

4.Do you feel like you nanny is engaged in appropriate play and activities that help in the child’s growth?

If not, what do you suggest she should do to help her engage the children?

5. Do you think that your nanny is involved in preparing healthy nutritious meals and snacks for the children?

If not, what types of meals and snacks would you like to see her give the children?

6. Do you feel like your nanny shows warmth, love and care to your children?

If not, in what way would you like her to show your children she cares?

7.Do you feel like she disciplines the children according your wishes?

8. If not, give examples of some scenarios where you feel she did not

1.Does your nanny arrive to work on time most of the time?

If not, would you like her to improve on her punctuality?

2.Do you feel like your nanny is dependable and reliable?

3.Do you think your nanny shows professionalism?

4. Does your nanny communicate effectively to you about the welfare of your child?

If not, how should she improve?

5.Do you feel like your nanny’s personal life interferes with her job?

6.Do you feel like you can trust your nanny with confidential private family matters?

7.Does your nanny pay attention to the instructions given to her?

8.Does she show initiative and effort towards her job?

1.Do you feel like your nanny shows maintenance to your house to your satisfaction?

2.Does your nanny clean up after your children at the end of the day?

3.Does she do the laundry to your satisfaction?

4.Are the meals prepared on time?

5.Does she do the housekeeping to your satisfaction?

Areas of strengths:

Areas of improvements:

NANNY TO PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. Do your clients come home to release you on time?

2. Do your clients respect your personal life?

3. Do your clients communicate effectively?

4. Do your clients provide the materials needed to make your job easier?

5. What can they do different to make you improve your nanny skills?

6.Do you feel like your suggestions are well received?

7.If your clients work from home, do they respect your time alone with the kids?

8.Do the clients respect the schedule you have with the children?

9.If you are a live-in, do your clients respect your privacy?
10. What do you feel your clients should improve in that will make your communication better?

It is important that you take a moment yearly to evaluate your nanny’s job performance in order to give accolades or identify areas for improvement.
The nanny report card is designed to facilitate communication between the nanny and the parent. Communication is the vane of most relationships, an effective open dialogue between the parents and the nannies will yield the greatest results in the child.

In my book “ How to Get the Best out of your Nanny” I talk about the importance on communication between a parent and a nanny. For the parents to get the best out of their nanny, they must communicate! Parents that fail to communicate end up in a soured situation that can easily leave a “dent” on the child’s behavior pattern. Children tend to feed of of our emotions, so if they feel there is tension or a negative reaction to how you treat your nanny, it will show in their behavior.

In addition the report card can be used to honor the nanny with an annual raise and or bonus based on performance and appreciation. So having a report card is a great way to allow the nanny to see how well she performs since communication is a two way act of imparting or exchanging of information I have also written a report card that a nanny can use to evaluate the parents as well. Nannies sometimes feel that there are things they can communicate that will help make the job easier and fun especially for the sake of the children.

PARENT TO NANNY QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. Do you feel that your nanny is attentive to the child’s safety?

If not, how should she improve?

2. Do you feel that your nanny is meeting your child’s needs?

If not, what do you suggest she does to improve on meeting your child’s needs?

3.Do you feel like your nanny is attentive to your child’s hygiene?
(diaper changing, bath, nail clipping, washing children’s hands.. etc)

If not, what should she do to help improve on your child’s hygiene?

4.Do you feel like you nanny is engaged in appropriate play and activities that help in the child’s growth?

If not, what do you suggest she should do to help her engage the children?

5. Do you think that your nanny is involved in preparing healthy nutritious meals and snacks for the children?

If not, what types of meals and snacks would you like to see her give the children?

6. Do you feel like your nanny shows warmth, love and care to your children?

If not, in what way would you like her to show your children she cares?

7.Do you feel like she disciplines the children according your wishes?

8. If not, give examples of some scenarios where you feel she did not

1.Does your nanny arrive to work on time most of the time?

If not, would you like her to improve on her punctuality?

2.Do you feel like your nanny is dependable and reliable?

3.Do you think your nanny shows professionalism?

4. Does your nanny communicate effectively to you about the welfare of your child?

If not, how should she improve?

5.Do you feel like your nanny’s personal life interferes with her job?

6.Do you feel like you can trust your nanny with confidential private family matters?

7.Does your nanny pay attention to the instructions given to her?

8.Does she show initiative and effort towards her job?

1.Do you feel like your nanny shows maintenance to your house to your satisfaction?

2.Does your nanny clean up after your children at the end of the day?

3.Does she do the laundry to your satisfaction?

4.Are the meals prepared on time?

5.Does she do the housekeeping to your satisfaction?

Areas of strengths:

Areas of improvements:

NANNY TO PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. Do your clients come home to release you on time?

2. Do your clients respect your personal life?

3. Do your clients communicate effectively?

4. Do your clients provide the materials needed to make your job easier?

5. What can they do different to make you improve your nanny skills?

6.Do you feel like your suggestions are well received?

7.If your clients work from home, do they respect your time alone with the kids?

8.Do the clients respect the schedule you have with the children?

9.If you are a live-in, do your clients respect your privacy?
10. What do you feel your clients should improve in that will make your communication better?

Some differences arise when addressing holiday, vacation and sick day issues, so they will be addressed one at a time. As an initial matter, be sure your nanny contract addresses all three as each give rise to potential conflict.

Holiday : The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does NOT require you to pay your nanny for time not worked. Consequently, parents are legally required to give their nanny either paid or unpaid time off for holidays. Note that even if you choose not to pay your nanny for time off on holidays, your nanny contract should still address the issue.

Vacation : As with holidays, parents are not legally required to give their nanny either paid or unpaid time off for vacation. Nevertheless, as with holidays, many parents do so to increase their nanny’s job satisfaction.

Unlike holidays, however, many states have laws regarding paid vacation. California, for example, treats paid vacation as a form of wages. Under California law, paid vacation “vests” – meaning it is earned – as work is performed.

Importantly, in states where paid vacation is treated like wages, earned vacation cannot be forfeited or taken away. Thus, when an employee quits or is terminated, he/she must be paid all earned and unused vacation. Those states, however, do allow a reasonable cap to be placed on vacation benefits. Other stats have a “use it or lose it” policy with respect to paid vacation. In those states, an employee forfeits his/her paid vacation if the employer’s requirements aren’t followed.

Sick Days : In order to be completely thorough, your nanny contract should address sick days.

As with holidays and vacation, the FLSA does not require you to pay your nanny for hours not worked. So, under federal law, you are not required to pay your nanny for sick days.

If you choose to pay your nanny sick days, remember to include how much your nanny will be paid for sick days and how many days he/she is afforded in the nanny contract. Also of note, unlike vacation time, sick leave is not treated as a form of wages. Accordingly, parents are not obligated to pay nanny accrued and unused sick leave when nanny’s employment ends.

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

Employee retention is especially important when you only have a few staff members. Your employees and their long-term happiness and commitment to your business can make all the difference. Yet small businesses have different concerns and resources.

We spoke to two experts Andreas Widmer, a professor and Director of Entrepreneurship at Catholic University of America and author of The Pope & The CEO, and Rebecca Mazin, author and owner of Recruit Right, to learn more about how small business owners — particularly care providers — can keep their best employees happy.

Understand Individual Employee Goals
Take the time to get to know your employees’ goals on a person-by-person basis, both in terms of their performance (with you) and their long-term goals, says Widmer. Knowing what’s important to your star performers can help you choose how to reward them. Would a paid educational opportunity be more valued that additional paid time off? Have a frank and ongoing discussion at each annual review period.

Engage Through Communication and Transparency
Consider letting your employees know how the company is performing. While you may not be able to offer a huge raise, they’ll appreciate your open lines of communication and honesty. Mazin has also seen small businesses implement an open book policy when it comes to financials.

Encourage Opportunities for Growth
Climbing the ladder looks different at a small business than in a large corporation. Yet there are many ways to create opportunities and bigger challenges for motivated employees. “Finding stretch goals is critically important,” says Widmer. It could be as simple as letting employees graduate to more complex client cases or take on administrative duties.

Show You Value Them by Getting Them Involved
Another way to show star performers that you care is by working to involve them in the business. Take the time to solicit their suggestions for how to improve your processes, new services to offer, and how to solve the big problems facing your company. When people’s opinions are valued, they’re more likely to be happy long-term.

Make It Easier for Them to Do Their Job
The number one reason people leave jobs is because they’re unhappy with their work environment. Keep your employees happy by getting input on what can be done to improve the work environment. Do you need new computers, or to find time for a weekly update meeting? Working on your business’ culture is one of the best ways to increase long-term retention.

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Time and Money
At the end of the day, there are two currencies that drive life and business — time and money. Satisfaction and a good working environment are important, but ensure that you’re giving your valued employees an adequate amount of time off for rest and work-life balance. Look at your salaries to make sure they’re industry standard. If you want to reward an employee for excellent performance and can’t do a salary raise, consider a one-time bonus.

Salaries and bigger benefits are helpful for retaining your star employees. But for many small businesses, facilitating better communication, making employees feel valued, and creating opportunities for education and growth are equally important.

Liz Alton is a freelance writer specializing in digital marketing, business, and technology. Her work can be found here.

Employees feel better about a pay increase when they know it is due to their hard work and efforts. Your family can practice the following guidelines when giving your nanny a raise:

  1. Tie the raise in a written performance evaluation. Relating a pay increase to a performance evaluation displays your attention and appreciation to the nanny’s hard work. This review also gives both of you the opportunity to sit down and go over performance, give recognition and feedback.
  2. If additional duties or responsibilities are added as part of the review, a pay increase should be associated with the expanded job description. The pay increase acknowledges both the trust in your nanny to handle added duties, and that the added duties deserve a higher wage. Be sure to provide your nanny details of the increase in writing for his/her records.

Questioning what to give for a raise? Typically, $1 to $2 per hour is what we see for the first year. If there is a change in the nanny’s job description (i.e., baby #2, additional duties) be sure to think about what their job description will look like going forward, and propose any changes along with what pay is associated with the changes.

Another example of how to implement a pay increase: on my nanny’s 2-year anniversary we’ll give him/her an extra $XX per week. Then, when baby #2 comes they’ll get another $XX per week, totaling $XX.

If you have any additional questions or need advice on how to best approach compensation increases, reach out and we’ll try our best to help!

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

Looking to hire a babysitter or nanny in NYC? Bell Family Company provides fully vetted on-demand babysitting, including childcare for when a child is sick, full and part time nannies, baby nurses, temporary care and more! Learn why BFC is the best NY Childcare Agency servicing the tri-state area. BFC is the best in the business! Contact us today to hire a nanny in NYC or to book the best babysitters in NYC!

If you haven’t read it somewhere else before, then read it here first; hiring a nanny through an agency is the route you should always take.

In a recent article posted by GTM Payroll Services, they go on to support the fact that when a person hires a nanny through an agency, rather than an online job site, they’re going to get a better quality nanny. One they’ll keep for longer, and spend less time finding the right match.

Here are five key findings from the article:

1. Families and Nannies Both Want a Good Fit
Employers cited “demonstrated responsibility and trustworthiness” as the top quality they look for when hiring a nanny. Employers were asked to rank 14 qualities on a scale from one to 10 with one being not important and 10 being very important. Responsibility and trustworthiness scored ahead of personality fit, passion for childcare, references, and experience.

2. Good Communication Practices Will Help Retention
Forty-three percent of families hired more than one nanny in the past five years. That means retention can be an issue for families who like and want to keep their nanny. Some of the top reasons reported for why nannies leave the jobs are 1) the family no longer needs the nanny, 2) schedule/number of hours, and 3) bad pay.

3. Hiring through an Agency Can Shorten Hiring Process
Seventy-four percent of employers who hired through an agency cited “time savings/hassle-free process” and “quality of candidates” as the top reasons they chose to work with an agency. Fifty-nine percent of agency users spent less than 20 hours on the hiring process, compared to only 24% of online job site users.

4. Benefits Can Help Attract, Retain Top Candidates
Most nannies receive paid holidays (88%), paid vacations (89%), and paid sick days (76%). This is the starting point for families when offering household employee benefits to a potential hire. To separate themselves from other employers, families may want to consider offering annual bonuses and flexible hours. Only 47% of nannies have schedule flexibility and just 44% get a bonus. Of the nannies that receive an annual bonus, 55% receive at least $750.

5. Paying Legally Expands Number of Candidates
By not legally paying an employee, a family cuts in half the number of available candidates for their position. Forty-six percent of nannies say it’s not likely they would take a job that paid “off the books.”

Read more details about the survey findings from GTM Payroll here .

Employees feel better about a pay increase when they know it is due to their hard work and efforts. Your family can practice the following guidelines when giving your nanny a raise:

  1. Tie the raise in a written performance evaluation. Relating a pay increase to a performance evaluation displays your attention and appreciation to the nanny’s hard work. This review also gives both of you the opportunity to sit down and go over performance, give recognition and feedback.
  2. If additional duties or responsibilities are added as part of the review, a pay increase should be associated with the expanded job description. The pay increase acknowledges both the trust in your nanny to handle added duties, and that the added duties deserve a higher wage. Be sure to provide your nanny details of the increase in writing for his/her records.

Questioning what to give for a raise? Typically, $1 to $2 per hour is what we see for the first year. If there is a change in the nanny’s job description (i.e., baby #2, additional duties) be sure to think about what their job description will look like going forward, and propose any changes along with what pay is associated with the changes.

Another example of how to implement a pay increase: on my nanny’s 2-year anniversary we’ll give him/her an extra $XX per week. Then, when baby #2 comes they’ll get another $XX per week, totaling $XX.

If you have any additional questions or need advice on how to best approach compensation increases, reach out and we’ll try our best to help!

How to increase your nanny’s job satisfaction

Looking to hire a babysitter or nanny in NYC? Bell Family Company provides fully vetted on-demand babysitting, including childcare for when a child is sick, full and part time nannies, baby nurses, temporary care and more! Learn why BFC is the best NY Childcare Agency servicing the tri-state area. BFC is the best in the business! Contact us today to hire a nanny in NYC or to book the best babysitters in NYC!

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

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How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

2020 has been a year for the books, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from streaming and listening to countless hours of music on Spotify. With the launch of Spotify Wrapped 2020, you can see which songs, artists, and podcasts you listened to most over the past year.

What is Spotify Wrapped 2020?

Spotify celebrates the end of each year by showcasing which music, genres, and more that you listened to over the past 12-ish months. Spotify Wrapped 2020 is now live for subscribers to dig through and share with their friends on social media.

If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can still experience 2020 Wrapped. Instead of jumping into your own streaming data, you can head over to the Spotify Wrapped website and scroll through the top podcasts, which decade’s music was listened to most, and more of 2020.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

How to Find Your Spotify Wrapped 2020

You can only view your Wrapped 2020 results using the Spotify app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. With the app installed, head on over to Spotify’s Wrapped 2020 website using a browser on your phone or tablet such as Google Chrome. From there, tap the “Log in to see your 2020 Wrapped” link.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

You will either be sent to a login screen or directed immediately into the Spotify app. If required, type in your credentials, and then you will be moved automatically to the mobile app.

Wrapped 2020 will be highlighted at the top of the “Home” tab. Tap on the card to view your end-of-year results.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

You will be greeted with an Instagram Story-like interface that will automatically start playing music and a video. Tap on the right or left side of your screen to progress forward or backward through your Spotify Wrapped 2020.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

If you’d like, you can share what you’ve listened to the most with your friends and family on social media. To do so, select the “Share This Story” link found under each card. Spotify will only share the section’s infographic seen at the end of the clip, not the entire video.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Select which social platform you would like to share your Spotify Wrapped 2020 results to. You can choose from Instagram Stories, Facebook, Snapchat, and more.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Spotify Wrapped for Artists

Wrapped 2020 is also for artists on Spotify. Instead of viewing metrics about how many hours you spent listening to your favorite artists, if you uploaded music to Spotify, you can see how many times it was streamed, countries where your hits were the biggest, and much more.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

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Plus, just like fans, you can export an infographic to your personal or band’s social media accounts and share the love with your followers and supporters. Head on over to Spotify for Artists to check out your Wrapped 2020.

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Find out your most streamed songs and your artist of the year here.

It's time. Spotify just launched their 2020 Wrapped feature and it's about to reveal your music habits over the last 12 months.

Whether you spent your lockdowns and quarantines with the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat, drowning your sorrows with a glass of red wine while listening to Taylor Swift's Folklore, or somewhere in between, Wrapped 2020 is about to expose it all.

2020's Wrapped categories include: Top genres, Song of the Year, Top Podcasts, Top Decade and Top Artists. Here's how to find yours.

How to find your Spotify Wrapped 2020

As always, you can find your Spotify Wrapped stats on the Spotify website right here – or on the app.

The app will take you straight to the feature. The site will ask you to connect to your Spotify account from within the browser. Once connected, you'll be able to see your top 5 most listened to artists, your top 5 most listened to songs and a series of other categories that may have some very surprising results.

Spotify starts collecting your listening data from January 1st 2020 until October 31st 2020.

Spotify Wrapped 2020 categories include Top Artist, Top Songs and more. Picture: Spotify

How to find your personal top songs of 2020 on Spotify

Spotify's end-of-year wrap up even generates a playlist of your most played songs throughout the year.

On the Spotify app, you can find your Top Songs of 2020 playlist just under your 2020 Wrapped report.

WAP stands for “Wrapped As Playlist” and here’s how you can find your top songs for the year.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Your Spotify Wrapped playlist for The Tormented Year Of 2020 is ready!

If it wasn’t for Spotify Wrapped, I’d probably still believe it was March. But another year is coming to a close (praise be) and Music Streaming Christmas is upon us. The 2020 version of Spotify Wrapped is now live for most users and you can find your curated playlist on the Spotify App and online. This is quick wrap up to help guide you through the process.

Spotify Wrapped has become an annual institution that gives you a look back at exactly what you hooked up to your earholes over the last 12 months. Most of us have spent 10-12 months inside our homes and apparently, we’ve been listening to a lot of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights. That one was streamed 1.6 billion times. I’d say that’s enough for a Grammy nomination?

It was all hands on deck for Spotify this year, too — they’ve pulled out podcast rankings showing recently acquired Joe Rogan Experience is Numero Uno on the podcasts list, followed closely by TED Talks Daily and New York Times The Daily. If you start a podcast called The Daily Experience I think you might be onto something. In all seriousness, it shows a subtle shift towards informative news podcasts in the face of the pandemic and another interesting little stat is the early morning hours was the most popular time to listen.

Me? I enjoy a little podcast by the fireside to end the day. It’s safe to say I am probably the biggest Protest The Hero fan this side of the Pacific Ocean, according to my own list. Alright, I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Everything you need is below.

How to find your Spotify Wrapped

If you want to get in on the Wrapped action, you just need to head to the Spotify Wrapped site and log in to your Spotify account. It’s that easy. Then you get a PowerPoint-type slide show which well tell you which music you feasted on this year, how many minutes you spent listening to certain artists and an infographic about your top songs.

My picks are GOOD. As yours will be. Unless you’ve been subject to thousands of hours of Baby Shark (is that still a thing in 2020?) or The Wiggles courtesy of your little ones.

Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games.

Beyond just getting your stats, you’ll also find a curated playlist of your top 100 tracks of the year in Spotify. There’s a couple of ways to do it:

  • Go to the Spotify Wrapped site online and punch in your login details. You’ll be able to open the playlist of your top songs (in order), your Missed Hits and “On Record” which is a mix of songs and artists and podcasts you might like. It really is that simple.
  • If you access via browser from your mobile you’ll get the nice little visual rundown of the year. As of now, the desktop version just sends you straight to your playlists.

Your playlist on desktop.

  • Or head to the Spotify mobile app, go to “Search” and you’ll find the “Wrapped 2020” card, ready to go under “uniquely yours.” Spotify is taking a little time to roll this one out, so if you don’t see your playlist in the mobile app right now, a little patience!

The best advice? Mobile browser — you can add the playlist to your library that way. Or just access the Spotify Wrapped site from desktop and “Save” the playlist by clicking on the heart. Then, you can jump into “Your Library” on the Spotify app and it will be there, under playlists.

Here's how to flaunt your exceptional taste this year, aside from just posting photos of your vinyl collection.

Updated on 12/4/2020 at 3:18 PM

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

The tradition of year-end lists and social media roundups come together every December for you to dip your toes into a quantified retrospective of your listening habits. Yes, Spotify Wrapped is back to help you see 2020 out the door. (Farewell!)

Spotify’s Wrapped site for 2020 highlights the most-listened-to songs, artists, albums, and podcasts of 2020 across the US and the globe. That’s in addition to a personalized year in review that lets you dig into the songs you’ve been listening to throughout the year with all the working from home and social distancing the year has required. Plus, you can get shareable images that let you let everyone else know about your awesome taste in music. Alternatively, it might alert you to exactly how much your children have taken over your listening with their repeated demands for “Let It Go” or whatever song they couldn’t get enough of this year.

Here’s what you need to know to dig up your personalized year in review whether you want to flaunt it or bury it.

What is Spotify Wrapped?

Every year, Spotify seems to take over discussions on social media as everyone shares their listening habits. It’s fun to look back at your listening, whether you want an excuse to revisit that great Fiona Apple album or want a reminder to buy albums from your favorite artists to make sure you’re supporting them.

This all happens because of Spotify Wrapped. It’s a site created by the streaming service that uses your listening history to churn out a little information about what you listened to the most over the last year. It also compiles your listening history into the history of everyone else using the service to show what has been trending in the US and around the globe over the last 11 to 12 months.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

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How to find your Spotify year in review

Head to the Spotify Wrapped site whether you want to get the mobile or desktop experience. The site will take you through the most-played artists, songs, and podcasts across Spotify, among a few other best of the year lists. You’ll also be prompted to sign in to see a personalized look back at 2020.

Inside the Spotify app, you’ll find a bunch of year-end playlists for you. The first one is “Your Top Songs of 2020.” Then you’re off down memory lane, looking at everything you loved (or your kids loved to the detriment of your Wrapped playlist) in 2020. The playlist will autofill with the 100 songs you listened to most. You’ll also see a “Missed Hits” playlist that collects the biggest songs of the year that you weren’t listening to. You’ll also get one called “On Record,” which Spotify explains as “a mixed media experience that highlights your top 2020 artists.” That last one is only available in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Though, Premium users will get badges like the Tastemaker badge (“X of your playlists gained X new followers”) or the Pioneer badge (“You listened to X song before it hit 50,000 streams”). There’s also going to be in-app quizzes and a feature called the “Story of Your 2020 with your Top Song,” which takes you through your listening habits on the song you listened to most.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Image courtesy of Spotify

How do you share Your Spotify Wrapped 2020?

You can, of course, take a screengrab of your playlist to make sure everyone knows about your impeccable taste in music.

However, you don’t have to just post a screengrab of a playlist. You can grab some ready-to-share images from Wrapped. This year’s images of your listening habits come in a sort of Instagram Stories-esque series of cards. You can share to your heart’s content. They’re well suited to posting on Instagram stories, but crop a little off when you share to Twitter.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Image courtesy of Spotify

What Was the Most-Streamed Music in 2020?

Spotify has pulled together a bunch of the most-listened-to artists, songs, albums, and podcasts across the app globally to draw you into what you might have missed this year. Here’s what you’ll find on those lists.

Most Streamed Artists Globally
1. Bad Bunny
2. Drake
3. J Balvin
4. Juice WRLD
5. The Weeknd

Most Streamed Female Artists
1. Billie Eilish
2. Taylor Swift
3. Ariana Grande
4. Dua Lipa
5. Halsey

Most Streamed Albums Globally
1. YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
2. After Hours, The Weeknd
3. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
4. Fine Line, Harry Styles
5. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

Most Streamed Songs Globally
1. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
2. “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
3. “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
4. “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN
5. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Image Courtesy of Spotify

Most Popular Podcasts Globally
1. The Joe Rogan Experience
2. TED Talks Daily
3. The Daily
4. The Michelle Obama Podcast
5. Call Her Daddy

Most Streamed Artists in the US
1. Juice WRLD
2. Drake
3. Lil Uzi Vert
4. Post Malone
5. Taylor Swift

Most Streamed Female Artists in the US
1. Taylor Swift
2. Billie Eilish
3. Ariana Grande
4. Halsey
5. Megan Thee Stallion

Most Streamed Songs in the US
1. “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
2. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
3. “Blueberry Faygo” by Lil Mosey
4. “ROCKSTAR (feat Roddy Ricch)” by DaBaby, Roddy Ricch
5. “Life Is Good (feat Drake)” by Drake, Future

Most Streamed Albums in the US
1. Legends Never Die, Juice WRLD
2. Eternal Atake (Deluxe) – LUV vs. The World 2, Lil Uzi Vert
3. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
4. After Hours, The Weeknd
5. Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch

Most Popular Podcasts in the US
1. NPR News Now
2. The Joe Rogan Experience
3. The Daily
4. Call Her Daddy
5. The Michelle Obama Podcast

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

Image courtesy of Spotify

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How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

It’s that time of year again — the now-familiar Spotify Wrapped roundups have come out, and everyone’s buzzing about what songs they listened to most, who their top artists were, and how they stacked up in terms of branching out in their taste during the unprecedented year of 2020, among many other things.

If you haven’t heard of Spotify Wrapped, it’s a yearly tradition in which Spotify rounds up all of your listening data from January 1 to October 31 and compiles it into a detailed list of your stats in that time range. This year’s Wrapped 2020 tells you how many new artists you discovered, how many genres you listened to along with several top fives: your five most played songs, your top podcasts (a new feature), and your top artists.

It also condenses this information into Story-sized bites that are easy to share on your social media, as you’ve probably been seeing already. Your Spotify Wrapped story can only be found on a smartphone for a limited time if you are a subscriber. Here’s how to find and share it.

How to find your Spotify Wrapped story and playlists

1. To find your Wrapped landing page, you should be able to simply scroll down on Spotify’s homepage, until you see the pink icon that says “Your 2020 Wrapped” next to it. If you’re not logged in, simply enter your credentials.

  • If you can’t find it, go to the Search tab and scroll down to find the Wrapped icon, or type “2020 Wrapped” and it should be the first result. If you’re not a subscriber, you can find general Wrapped 2020 listening data by visiting https://2020.byspotify.com and hitting “Start” on the landing page.

2. Tapping “Your 2020 Wrapped” banner will take you to the Wrapped landing page on the app. Tap the banner at the top, reading “See how you listened in 2020,” to view your story and stats.

  • You can also scroll down on this menu to find other cool year-end features, including a playlist of your top 100 songs of 2020, hit songs you haven’t listened to, and some of the most popular artists of the year in general.

3. To share a slide from your Wrapped story, hit “Share this story” under the individual story card to share it to your choice of social media.

If you want to find past Wrapped stories, you’re out of luck — they’re only available to view for a limited time. However, you can see your past Wrapped playlists by simply entering the year and “wrapped” into the search bar.

While the entire 2020 Wrapped breakdown won’t be available on the desktop version of Spotify, there are still some features that are available.

In the Spotify desktop app, if you navigate to the “Made for you” tab in the left hand sidebar, you can see not only your 2020 Wrapped playlist and your missed hits playlist, but also past Wrapped playlists and other playlists made especially for you, like a playlist of songs you’ve played frequently in the past called “Repeat Rewind,” and in the more recent past, “On Repeat.”

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

At the end of the year, Spotify publishes a retrospective of each user on the platform, called Spotify Wrapped, where you can find which artists and songs you listened to the most last year. In this article, you will know how to access your Spotify 2020 Wrapped.

How to view your Spotify 2020 Wrapped?

It is very simple to access your 2020 Spotify Wrapped. Open the application on your smartphone and touch the Search option (magnifying glass icon) on the bottom bar of the interface. In the sequence, scroll down the page until you find the Your 2020 Wrapped option. In the sequence, to access the platform usage data, go to See what you liked in 2020 and the display, in Instagram Stories format, will start automatically:

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020© Spotify

As you can see in the image above, Spotify still offers other options based on the music you heard throughout 2020. First, the platform automatically generates two customized playlists. The first one includes the 100 songs you listened to the most during the year. The second brings together releases from 2020 that you have not heard yet but that, from your tastes, Spotify thinks you will enjoy.

Finally, in the same section of 2020 Wrapped, you can also see playlists with the most listened to artist of the year by other Spotify users in your area and selections of the best hits by genre. In addition, there is a list of the most successful podcasts in 2020 and other themed playlists. This last selection of content, however, is the same for all users.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020© Spotify

Think you know which song was your go-to as you tried your hand at making a sourdough starter or baked your 15th loaf of banana bread this year? Well, Spotify is here to help you remember all your favorite artists who helped (and are still helping) get you through quarantine. As unbelievable as it may be, 2020 is actually coming to end soon. But before you say goodbye, you’ll want to know how to find your Spotify 2020 Wrapped results, so you can close out the year listening to old standbys.

Following the release of its global 2020 Wrapped results on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Spotify gifted listeners with their own personalized Wrapped results. If you’re an avid Spotify user, you know the audio streaming service keeps track of what you play in order to put it all together in a fun little story you can browse at the end of the year. For 2020, some of the info you’ll get includes your top genres, your most-listened to song (and how many times you streamed it), your top songs (which you can add to your library as a playlist), your top podcasts, your top artist, your top decade, and how many total minutes you listened to Spotify during the year.

To make it even better, it all plays through in a colorful story, and you can even make some guesses about your results along the way.

Even though it’s all right there in your Spotify app, it can be tricky to find at first. Thankfully, there are a couple ways to get to it.

Find your Spotify 2020 Wrapped results in the app.

This first method is the easiest way to get to all the goods.

1. Open your Spotify app on your phone, and tap the search tab at the bottom.

2. Type "2020 Wrapped" into the search bar, and tap on the "2020 Wrapped" genre that shows up right below it.

3. Once you tap the 2020 Wrapped genre, "Your 2020 Wrapped" will be the first option at the top of the screen. Tap where it says, "See how you listened in 2020."

4. From there, watch the story that pops up, and let it play all the way through to see all your end-of-year results.

Find your Spotify 2020 Wrapped results from the Spotify website on your phone.

If for some reason you can’t find it in your app, you can try accessing it from the 2020 Wrapped Spotify website on your phone, and then tap where it says to log in, and put in your info. You can only access the Wrapped Story in the app, so you won’t be able to see it on your desktop. From there, watch the story and see what you’ve been listening to. You can share most of the results in neat little cards by tapping the share icon as you watch, and there will be a final card with your top five songs and artists that you can share as well.

Once you’ve found your 2020 Wrapped, you can save Your Top Songs 2020 playlist (add it when prompted during the story), and you can check your Missed Hits playlist, as well as a new mixed-media experience called On Record, which will have songs and podcasts from your fave artists. Once your playlists are saved, you can access them wherever you use Spotify.

Now that you know how to find it, go on and see if it was Ari, Tay, or Bey who got you through your post-Tiger King marathon haze.

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020 By Hannah Davies

How to find your spotify wrapped 2020

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Spotify Wrapped is back again for 2020, as you may have already guessed from the screenshots taking over social media. Here’s how to see your Spotify Wrapped results right now.

Spotify announced its annual Wrapped experience this week. The feature gives users an interactive breakdown into all of their most played tunes of 2020, offering some predictable results and some perhaps more surprising.

It includes stats from all of your most played songs, artists, genres and podcasts of the year, giving us all a much-needed opportunity to step back and reminisce over the songs that got us through the first 11 months of 2020.

How to get your Spotify Wrapped for 2020

All you need to do to see your Spotify Wrapped is open the Spotify app on your Android or iOS device and click on the “2020 Wrapped” banner at the top of the home tab.

If you can’t see the banner or you don’t use Spotify on your smartphone or tablet, you can also visit Spotify.com/wrapped on your desktop and log in to see your results.

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After you view your Wrapped stats, you’ll be able to save a graphic with your top five artists, top five songs, minutes listened and favourite genre, perfect for sharing on your story (or not, depending on how embarrassed you are of your listening history).

Spotify also generates a playlist of all your most played songs at the end of every year, so you’ll have easy access to all your top tunes in one place.

For all you Wrapped veterans, Spotify has also added some new features this year to keep things interesting. These include in-app quizzes, the most binge-worthy podcast and notable dates for your top song, such as when you first heard it and when you hit 100 streams.

There are also new personalised playlists, such as ‘Missed Hits’ for similar music you didn’t hear in 2020, and ‘On Record’, a mixed media experience that shines a light on your favourite artists.

Even non-Spotify users can get in on the fun this year. Spotify has gathered all of this year’s global listening trends on its website for everyone to access.

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Spotify has revealed that its most-streamed artist of 2020 is Bad Bunny, with more than 8.2 billion streams globally. He also had the top album of 2020. Video Elephant

Much as we would like it to be, 2020 is not an official wrap yet. But Spotify has already put a bow on the year with its 2020 Wrapped lists of the most streamed artists, songs and other content on the subscription service.

The most streamed artist of 2020 by Spotify’s more than 320 million listeners worldwide was Bad Bunny, who had 8.3 billion streams and the most streamed album, “YHLQMDLG,” which collected more than 3.3 billion streams. The Latin music superstar recently skipped the American Music Awards after testing positive for COVID-19.

After Bad Bunny, the most streamed artists were Drake, J Balvin, the late rapper Juice WRLD, and The Weeknd, who had the most played song with about 1.6 billion streams, “Blinding Lights.”

Your personalized Wrapped experience is here—and it’s more *you* than ever. Check out the cool new features to help you dig even deeper into your 🎧 habits. #2020Wrappedhttps://t.co/99HpjLaFVx

— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) December 2, 2020

For the second year in a row, Billie Eilish was the most-streamed female artist, followed by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Halsey.

As more people stayed at home during the coronavirus pandemic, listeners streamed more songs on work-from-home-themed playlists and more listeners streamed on video game consoles, Spotify says.

More than 65,000 playlists entitled “BLM” or “Black Lives Matter,” were created and there were 64 million streams of Spotify’s own “Black Lives Matter” playlist. Top songs streamed about the movement: “This is America” by Childish Gambino, “I Need You To (Breonna Taylor)” by Tobe Nwigwe, “Black Parade” by Beyonce, “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar and “The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby.

Swiping through your phone's camera roll is undeniably an efficient way to look back on what you did over the last year, but music never fails to make people feel incredibly nostalgic. Sometimes, music almost acts as a time capsule, transporting listeners back to what they were doing or feeling when they first tuned in. And that's precisely why we love when Spotify unleashes its end-of-year feature, Spotify Wrapped. 

If you've never used Spotify Wrapped, it enables users to peruse their favorite playlists, artists, and tunes from the last year. So if you're looking to experience a serious blast from the past, here's how you'll be able to find Spotify Wrapped 2020, to look back on the year in music.

Here's how to find Spotify Wrapped for 2020:

Your personalized Spotify Wrapped information will show the artists, tracks, and albums you listened to most, as well as how many minutes of music you listened to, top podcast genres, and how many songs you "liked." You'll be able to access all of your personal Spotify Wrapped information as early as Dec. 1. And when it's officially available, accessing it will be incredibly easy. 

You'll be able to get in on the fun by logging into Spotify in the app on mobile and tablet, and via the Spotify Wrapped website. Make sure you're logged into your Spotify account via online web player, and once you're in, you'll be able to see all of your music data from the last year. We won't be surprised when Beyoncé is our most-listened-to artist for the fifth year in a row, but it's exciting nonetheless.

Spotify Wrapped has unveiled the most popular music from 2020.

2020 Wrapped lists the top-streamed artists, albums, songs, playlists, and podcasts from the last year, nationally and internationally. The most-streamed artists globally this year included: Bad Bunny (in the No. 1 spot). Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Halsey.

The Weeknd took the top spot for the most-streamed song of the year with "Blinding Lights," (and he's been donning face bandages to promote it since March).

This year, Spotify also included the top self-care playlists of the year — because after the dumpster fire that was 2020, it's no surprise we all needed some self-love tunes. This included the Confidence Boost, Your Favorite Coffeehouse, Songs to Sing in the Shower, and Just Smile playlists.

We also threw it back a lot — no, not like the TikTok dances, but with our music! The 1980s were the most popular throwback era for songs in 2020.

Podcasts were also a way many still passed the time in 2020. The top podcasts of the year included The Joe Rogan Experience, TED Talks Daily, and The Daily (from The New York Times).

Music is a great way to look back on the year, so get ready to experience

through your headphones. We're about to bid the year farewell with the best jam sesh imaginable.

How to spot a fake facebook page

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How to spot a fake facebook page

There are a lot of fake Facebook pages out there. At best, they waste your time and maybe try to sell some ads. At worst, they try to scam money and personal information from you. Here’s how to spot them.

Fake Facebook pages are a big problem. Just this month it turned out that the largest Black Lives Matter Facebook page was actually being run by a white guy in Australia named Ian who buys and sells domain names—and obviously Facebook pages—as a hobby. There are millions more out there doing everything from creating scam competitions to impersonating legitimate media organizations so let’s take a look at some of the ways you can figure out if a page you’re looking at is fake.

Look to See If a Page Is Verified

Facebook pages of public figures, media companies, and brands can get verified, which means Facebook has confirmed that the page is representing who it claims to. Almost every legitimate page takes the time and effort to do it. For example, the real Southwest Airlines Facebook page is verified. You can see that by the blue tick next to the page name.

How to spot a fake facebook page

On the other hand, the fake Southwest pages aren’t verified. They don’t have a blue tick.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Verification isn’t a perfect test, but it’s still a pretty good one. Most major brands and media organizations are verified. The problem is that only big brands and media companies can get verified; smaller brands aren’t eligible. Facebook can also make mistakes if someone submits a request with the right documents (real or fake). They verified How-To Geeek, a trademark infringing knockoff of our site, and we had to file a complaint to get it taken down.

Check the Name Closely

Facebook is pretty quick to whack pages that are violating trademarks. This means that scam Facebook pages need to use a workaround if they want to stay online. This fake Southwest Airlines page is a text book example.

How to spot a fake facebook page

If you look at the name you’ll notice two things:

  • It’s spelled “South West” instead of “Southwest.”
  • There’s a “.” at the end of Airlines.

These two tricks are incredibly common with Facebook pages that are trying to impersonate legitimate brands. By intentionally and subtly misspelling the name or adding a period at the end, they can avoid Facebook’s filters while fooling random people who don’t look too closely.

It’s the same with the How-To Geeek page. If you didn’t look too closely, you probably wouldn’t have noticed the extra “e” in the name.

Look at the Listing Category for the Page

Another place where fake Facebook pages often show their true colors is in the page category listing. Certain categories require the person setting up the page to supply a lot of real information—like addresses and phone numbers that are easily checked. Fake pages won’t have this information to submit.

The real Southwest Airlines page is listed as a Travel Agent. Something like airline or travel company also would not have been suspicious. The fake pages, however, are both listed as Communities (which seems to be a go-to category for fake Facebook pages).

How to spot a fake facebook page

If the category of a Facebook page doesn’t match up with what you think it should be, then there’s a good chance the page is a fake.

Check What Kind of Content the Page Is Posting

The biggest giveaway that a page is fake isn’t its name or whether or not it’s verified; it’s the kind of content it posts. The real Southwest Airlines page posts feel good news stories about their staff.

How to spot a fake facebook page

The fake one posts about competitions that seem too good to be true. It’s almost certainly a scam designed to harvest your personal data.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Similarly, if a fake Facebook page is impersonating a news organization or political group, they are likely to post videos that too neatly align with a specific viewpoint or run counter to the views the organization normally expresses. It’s easy to create fake news reports that look authentic, and Facebook pages are currently doing it in the run up to a contentious referendum in Ireland.

Be Suspicious If Pages Ask for Donations

A lot of fake Facebook pages also pop up in response to major crises or political events. The fake Black Lives Matter page collected more than $100,000 in donations. That’s a lot of money people thought they were giving to a cause they supported that actually ended up in an Australian bank account.

While there are legitimate Facebook pages out there that solicit donations, you have to be extra careful to verify that they are who they claim to be before donating. If you want to give to a specific organization or cause, you’re much better off doing it through their official website rather than through Facebook. It’s much much easier to fake a Facebook page than a legitimate website.

Facebook has a big fake page problem. It’s much easier for people to create fake pages than it is for Facebook to police them. Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what a fake Facebook page looks like.

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How do you manage your Facebook friends? Do you keep your list really tight and only include ‘active’ pals? Or do you accept everyone you’ve ever laid eyes on? I’m probably somewhere in between. But… if I have never had a personal conversation with them and ‘eyeballed’ them in the flesh, then they don’t get a guernsey!

Over the last few weeks I have received a steady increase of friend requests from people who I just don’t know. My gut tells me that these are fake accounts. Why? I’ve never eyeballed them, they have few or no friends, and have very little personal information available to share on their profiles. I mentioned this to my 20-year-old son who informed me he gets about 10 a week!

And while it can be annoying being harassed by randoms – as my kids would say – the issue is far bigger than that. Fake Facebook accounts are usually designed by clever cyber crims who are trying to extract personal information from unsuspecting naive types – often kids. And why do they want our personal information? It allows them to put together a profile that they can use to apply for loans, mobile phone plans, etc – but we’ll get to that later.

How Big Is The Fake Account Issue?

In its latest reporting, Facebook nominated that it has a whopping 1.86 billion active monthly users. Now, in 2012 Facebook’ reporting stated that 8.7% of its accounts were either fake or duplicates. Even assuming the percentage has stayed about the same, that means there are now a monstrous 161 million fake Facebook accounts! So, it’s highly likely that you (and your kids) will have been affected.

How Can We Tell If A Facebook Account Is Fake?

Experts believe that fake accounts fall into two categories, being operated either by a bot (aka web robot) or by an ill-intentioned human. But irrespective of type, there are several warning signs that an account is fake. If the account in question displays three or more of these signs, then avoid it at all costs:

Beauty

Bots exploit beauty and often sport a pic of a gorgeously attractive girl or handsome guy on their pages. Why? We are only human – an enticing photo dramatically increases the chance of having a friend request accepted.

Not Many Pics

Bots tend not to post lots of photos. Their aim is to use minimum effort to create the illusion that a real person is behind the account so they don’t bother too much with fleshing out a personal life.

Weird Bio Information

If the biography information on the account seems fanciful or just plain unrealistic, then it’s likely not to be a legitimate account.

The Account Doesn’t Message

Bots can easily accept friend requests but can’t respond to messages. So, if you are unsure this is a great little test – just send a message and see what you get back!

Blank Wall

Blank walls are a dead giveaway for a fake account. If your possible ‘new friend’ has either no activity or just a few likes – then be suspicious!

Lots Of Likes

Some bot-controlled accounts are set up to like a certain amount of pages a day. Over time this can add up, so be wary!

Why Are Fake Facebook Accounts Created?

As mentioned earlier, cyber hackers create fake Facebook accounts with the aim of trying to friend people and get access to their personal information. Identity theft is their motivation. They can profit from this private information by personally taking out loans or credit cards in someone else’s name. Or – and this is more likely – they on-sell the information so others can do so.

But fake Facebook accounts can also be created just to make money. Buying and selling Facebook fans is a multi-million dollar business, as both companies and individuals pay big money to get fans and likes to their page. And with the software to create these fake Facebook pages costing no more than $200, you can see how easily profits can be made.

What To Do If You Are Sure A Facebook Account Is Fake

  1. Most importantly, do NOT follow or accept a friend request from the account.
  2. Report the account to Facebook by clicking the report option. When Facebook receives around 10-20 reports about a specific account they will investigate, so it’s worth doing.

Lastly, do NOT insist your kids delete their Facebook account because of the threat of fake accounts. Teaching our kids how to live online is probably one of our biggest jobs as parents of digital natives. Thinking critically, understanding risks and learning how to navigate obstacles are skills that will hold them in good stead for their entire lives. Whoever thought discussing a face Facebook account could have so many benefits!

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Facebook crossed 2.3 Billion users this year. Last year Facebook estimated that more than 10% of these accounts are fake or duplicate. Facebook is adopting several strategies to point out fake profiles, but it is not enough. It is not just a concern for Facebook, but it is also a concern of real users like me and you. How do we trust a person on Facebook?

I have seen several users complaining that they g​ot ​duped by some other fake person on Facebook. Usually, the phony profile is created to promote some content, ideas or to fraud other persons. A genuine user will share his daily activity or thoughts on Facebook which could be random as we like different things. However, a fake profile usually shares about one thing that it is meant to promote.

If you look carefully at the profile, you can tell whether the profile is fake or genuine. Below are some points that you can consider to spot a fake Facebook profile.

#1 Check: The Profile Picture

The first thing you see in a profile on Facebook is their profile picture. You can tell if a profile is genuine or fake by looking at it. Below are some concerns that you should check with the profile picture.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Single Profile Picture

An active user on Facebook regularly changes his/her profile picture. If you see only one profile picture and the profile is new or 2-3 years old, it should raise a concern.

Profile Pictures of Celebrities

Its okay if someone is a fan of a celebrity, but he will not put all profile pictures of that celebrity on his Facebook profile.

No Profile Picture

The Facebook name is enough to compel someone to put a picture on the profile. If it is not there, it is alarming enough.

A Perfect Profile Picture

Usually, people click pictures with the phone camera, and these pictures aren’t perfect. If you are seeing a picture of a model with a perfect angle and lighting, then it might be a fake one.

To ensure if a profile picture is genuine you can save it to your computer and then can use Google Image Search to verify. When you upload it to Google Image, it will fetch data if someone else belongs to that image.

To do that Right click on the profile picture and click Save image as and then save it to your computer,

How to spot a fake facebook page

Now open Google Image search and click on the Camera icon

How to spot a fake facebook page

Click on Upload an image and then click on Choose file, select the profile picture and upload it.

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When Juanita Molinar was contacted by HGTV’s Property Brothers telling her that she had won a prize, she was excited. Ecstatic. Over the moon. until she noticed that things weren’t quite adding up. After doing some research, she realized that she’d nearly fallen for a scam Facebook page, a nefarious type of Facebook giveaway scam.

If you're not careful, you could fall prey to a similar scam. So before you answer a win notification on Facebook, be sure to get to know what a Facebook scam looks like and how to avoid it.

How a Facebook Giveaway Scam Works

Juanita Molinar is a Property Brothers fan, so she followed the show's page on Facebook. She was thrilled and surprised when one of the show's stars, Drew Scott, started to send her private messages. He asked her some questions, then told her she'd won $25,000 from the Dream it, Win it, Live it Sweepstakes.

This passed one of the initial checks you should make when you're notified of a prize win: The Dream It, Win It, Live It Sweepstakes was a legitimate giveaway run by HGTV giving away that prize.

Molinar was thrilled at first, but soon began to feel that something wasn’t right: Her so-called win had some of the warning signs of sweepstakes scams.

One of the things that made her worry was that the person calling himself "Drew Scott" was asking her to make a purchase before receiving her prize.

Legitimate sweepstakes prizes never come with a catch. You never need to pay to receive a real prize!

When she investigated further, she discovered that she was the target of a Facebook giveaway scam. The profile that had contacted her did not belong to Drew Scott at all.

Molinar wasn’t the only person who was targeted by this sweepstakes scam. Renee Carr had a very similar experience, and luckily also realized she was being scammed.

When they found out what was happening, the Property Brothers made an official statement about the scam on Facebook.

How Scammers Use Fake Facebook Pages

To seem legitimate, scammers create fake pages to use for Facebook giveaway scams. It’s usually a page that looks like it belongs to someone you’d trust: a big company like Publishers Clearing House or a famous person like a well-known HGTV star or a popular celebrity.

These pages look legitimate, trustworthy. Scammers steal logos, photographs, and other graphics to make the page look like it belongs to the person or company they are imitating.

Because no one would believe in an HGTV page that has no followers, they build up their numbers by placing Facebook ads, creating other fake accounts to give their fake pages lots of "likes", offering incentives like Facebook quizzes or small giveaways to get people to like the page, and other tricks.

Once their fake page is followed by a significant number of real people, they contact those followers to tell them they've won a prize.

Who wouldn’t be tempted to give up personal information or money to get that big prize they’ve been dreaming of? But they are actually attempting to convince their targets to hand over money or information that they can use for identity fraud.

So how can you tell the difference between a legitimate prize win and a Facebook giveaway scam? Here are a few ways to spot a Facebook scam:

Know the Red Flags of a Scam

Start by knowing the signs of a sweepstakes scam. If you're used to watching out for sweepstakes fraud, then Facebook contest scams will have warning signs that you're already familiar with. Are they using terrible grammar and spelling that you would never expect on a professional site? Or asking for money or for other personal information? If so, stay clear!

Check Whether the Facebook Page Is Verified

Facebook verifies the identities of certain organizations and celebrities that are likely to be faked. Pages that Facebook has verified, like the White House’s Facebook page, have a blue checkmark next to their name on their profiles. You can be confident that verified pages are legitimate.

Note, however, that not being verified does not mean that the page is not legitimate. Currently, companies cannot request that Facebook verify their pages. The legitimate pages of many large and legitimate websites have not been verified.

Check the Company's Website for Legit Facebook Pages

If you want to find the legitimate Facebook page of your favorite companies, start with their websites rather than a Facebook search. If you follow a link from the company's site, you can be confident that they endorse that page.

Be Wary of Friend Requests from Celebrities

t might be flattering to think that your favorite television and movie stars are trying to be your Facebook friends. But remember, there are millions of people on Facebook. Unless you happen to have a personal relationship with a celebrity, it's unlikely that they're asking to be your Facebook friend.

PCH repeatedly reminds the public that they do not send friend requests: “Fact: No member of the Prize Patrol will send you a friend request on Facebook”. And they only have one official page. Their Prize Patrol members no longer have individual pages, to make imitating them harder for scammers.

Other Signs That Something Is Off

Celebrities and big companies usually have tons of followers and a page full of interesting posts about topics that are important to them. So if the page was founded recently, has few if any recent posts, has bad spelling or grammar, has a low number of followers who don't interact much with the page, or makes posts that don't seem to fit the goals and the reputation of the company posting them, proceed with caution.

By following these tips, you can avoid the risks and disappointment of falling for a Facebook giveaway scam.

On the internet, you could be anyone who you want to be. In simpler terms, you don’t need an Identification card (I.D.) if you’re joining social networking websites. Although security checks are still rampant, you could be anyone online. Here in the Philippines, thousands of Facebook pages and profiles are created everyday. The sad part is that most of those profiles are fake. They try to get into people’s messages, they post and sell ads, and they try to scam your money and personal information.

In a previous article we discussed about identifying and reporting fake Facebook profiles. In this article, however, we will be discussing how you can recognize a fake Facebook page.

Wait, why do we need to spot a fake Facebook page in the first place?

Seeing and knowing if a Facebook page is legit is as important as recognizing a fake Facebook profile. Facebook pages are usually companies, businesses, discussion groups, trade channels – they can be anything. The more people in a page, the better. Recognizing a fake Facebook page secures yourself from scammers, spammers, even cyber criminals and hackers. In addition to that, you can save yourself hassle in controlling what you see whenever you’re in your Facebook News Feed.

Fake Facebook pages are the worst. They will try to sell you some ads and clicks, they will try to get personal information from you and use that to their advantage. This is why we all need to be careful when we’re dealing with something we cannot physically see.

So how do you spot a fake Facebook page?

Page verification

How to spot a fake facebook page

Facebook pages of media companies, known people, public figures, and brands can get verified. What does being verified mean? Well, this means that Facebook itself made the confirmation that the page is truly representing the name it bears. A Facebook profile can also be verified under the same process. Almost every legitimate page takes the time and effort to do it; the reason for that of course is for them to attract more people and for the people to know that they’re legitimate.

For example, Trivago, the well-known travel agency has a Facebook page. If you click on the page, you will see that beside the page name, there is a blue tick or check mark. This is the indication that a certain profile or page is verified.

Alternatively, if you see that the page you’re viewing does not have a tick box, means it hasn’t been verified. Although it does not necessarily mean it’s fake, it’s just that it has less credibility since Facebook itself did not approve it.

Another is through the page reviews

Before buying something, you would first know what it contains, right? Furthermore, you would be interested in learning what other people thought about the product. Same goes with a Facebook page. Fortunately, Facebook allows reviews of pages so people interested in getting services from the page would know what type of service the page has.

Checking the reviews thoroughly would not only allow you to see if something is real or fake; reviews also allow you to have different options if you think the services a certain brand/company is offering is not for you.

Look closely at the name

One thing Facebook did well was by implementing strict rules in terms of duplication and trademark violations. If a certain trademark is already being used, fake Facebook page owners need a workaround to get their page up and running.

How to spot a fake facebook page

In this example, it is obvious that this is not the Trivago that we know. Why? Try googling “Trivago Hotels,” and look what you’ll find. Usually, legitimate brand names come up at the top part of Google Search.

There are some fake pages that add different characters like periods (.) at the end of a certain word; they add or remove a few words if the Facebook page name is modifiable, and so on. They make these efforts so they can pass Facebook’s filters and be safe with their scheme. They find it easy to manipulate people because careless people and those not keen on detail would easily be fooled.

Check the category listings of the Facebook page

How to spot a fake facebook page

In the image, you will see that the legit Trivago has its category under “Hotel.” The one which isn’t so real has it as a “Travel Agent” and the name is Trivago Hotels. Smell something fishy? I know. Another tip is to quickly look at it because most scams and fake Facebook pages will have their listings as “Community.” Do you really think that a brand would categorize their business like that? I think not…

What things do they post?

Now this tip might be a little difficult to notice for some. There are scams that have perfected their art and what they share or post are truly brainwashing. They will ask you to click something or to sign up for something and it will, eventually tell you to log-in using your Facebook credentials; asking you to accept that they’ll be using your information.

Another thing to take note of is that most fake Facebook pages offer a lot of discounts that are hard-to-believe. Would you believe a consistent posting of deals and prices that would be astounding especially for the naive?

How can you help other people avoid these scams?

Honestly speaking, there are a lot of people still fooled by these scams. One thing is that they’re unaware that they exist, another is because they’re not just too careful with what they see and look at online. You can start making them aware by actually sharing this article to them. Another thing is by giving a review of the page you think and know is fake and that might steal information from other people.

Right now, there are hundreds, if not thousands of fake Facebook pages. We don’t know their main reason of doing that but for sure, they’re in to scam people, make money out of them – or worse, squeeze personal information from thousands of different people and use it to their advantage. Whatever the case is, it won’t hurt if you just try to keep safe. I’m not talking about Facebook alone; all social media platforms have fakes. Facebook is just the main platform for Fakes because hell more than a billion people use it.

So be careful and be keen to detail. As much as possible, try staying away from having interactions with the page to avoid being scammed. Facebook has this big problem of eliminating these. However, since there have been countless incidents of scams all over the platform, they’re for sure addressing this and they’re doing what they can to remove it completely.

There are definately a lot of fake Facebook profiles out there. Numbers released from Facebook themself suggests that 83 million facebook accounts are fake – that’s more than the total number of people living in France and the Netherlands combined! An estimated 5-6% of all Facebook accounts are fake. Fake autogenerated profiles offer the creators of those the possibility of spamming your wall with weird content and also bloat the number of fans for certain pages.

There are some studies of fake Facebook profiles that indicate that fake profiles have a higher average number of friends and most often identify themselves as females. For identifying whether a specific profile is fake these studies however only offer vague clues.

So how to spot a fake Facebook profile?

Looking at a company Facebook page the other day I noticed an unnatural high number of fans for that type of company but strangely very low fan activity on the same Facebook page. Very few likes and no comments made it a bit of a strange case. I did find a few Likes though and decided to have a closer look at those profiles. I came up with the following little trick which also will introduce you to a great and not that well-known feature of Google. Here goes:

1. Locate the Profile image of the Facebook profile you want to check. For this little test let’s use the SPAMfighter Aim logo present on the SPAMfighter Facebook page.

How to spot a fake facebook page

2. Right-click on the image and save it somewhere where you easily can find it again! The Windows desktop would be a great place!

3. Now enter Google Image Search. Google Image Search is a great tool where you can search for images based on other images. I would suggest using Google Chrome or Firefox as Browser here. For some reason it does not seem to work for Internet Explorer 9.

4. Drag the recently saved file from your desktop til the search field. It is a little nifty but you will probably work it out!

How to spot a fake facebook page

5. Now Google Image Search will check where the image is present on Facebook profiles and a lot of other places on the Internet.

If we for a moment return to my original fake profile my search using the above method actually produced a lot of Facebook profiles having the same profile image. See below. My best guess is that most of those Facebook profiles are fake!

How to spot a fake facebook pageRemember to delete any profile images you download from Facebook by the way. Pretty sure Facebook or Facebook users don’t want their profile images laying around on your computer!

Are anyone stealing your Facebook profile image?

A nice little test would of cource be to test whether any fake Facebook profiles use your profile image? Using the test above it is pretty easy to reveal. So locate your own Facebook page, save the profile image you use and do the Google image search. If you notice your profile image present on other profiles I suggest you report it to Facebook using this link.

Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. It’s a great place to connect with friends and acquaintances. Unfortunately, some set of people abuse it by creating a fake Facebook account.

A fake Fakebook account is one where someone creates an account and is pretending to be you or your friend, and also one where your email address might also have been used to create a Facebook account.

Facebook is actively putting in so much effort to crack down on fake Facebook accounts. It’s also currently illegal to create a fake Facebook account in the UK. Those who do so might face criminal charges.

You may sometimes spot a new Facebook account created in your name and with your picture, it might also be in the name of someone you know. This is quite a common occurrence on Facebook. The best way to get it sorted is to report the Facebook account. You should also block the Facebook account to stop the impostor from sending you messages or viewing your post.

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How to Report a Fake Facebook Account

Before you report a Facebook account as fake, you need to establish the fact that it is actually a fake Facebook account. If they created the account using your personal details such as name and photos, you obviously don’t need to do any checks.

Sometimes people create a new Facebook account because they can’t remember their password, this is probably because they recently changed their phone or did a phone reset to give the phone a boost.

Therefore, it is important to check that the account is a fake Facebook account before reporting it to Facebook. You can do this by either contacting your Facebook friend (outside Facebook) with the possible fake account and ask if he/she has recently opened a new Facebook account.

How to Report a Fake Facebook Account with PC

1. Go to the profile of the impersonating Facebook account. You can also search for the profile by entering the name used in the search bar at the top left corner of Facebook. You can also ask someone to send you the link.

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2. Click the three horizontal dots

3. Next, tap Find support or report profile in the pop-up menu.

How to spot a fake facebook page

4. You will get a pop-up page with several options, you can select the reason that the fake account falls under, for example, if someone has used your personal details to create a fake Facebook account, you’d select Fake account or Pretending to be someone .

How to spot a fake facebook page

5. Click on Next , then tick the I believe that this goes against the Facebook’s community standards box.

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6. You’ll get the message below;

Report received: Your report helps us to improve our processes and keeps Facebook safe for everyone.

In review: We use technology and review teams to remove anything that doesn’t follow our standards as quickly as possible.

Decision made: We’ll notify you about the outcome in your Support Inbox as soon as possible.

7. Click Next , it will then prompt you to either Block, unfriend, unfollow the account whilst waiting for an outcome from Facebook.

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8. Click Done , to exit the page.

How to Report a Fake Facebook Account with Mobile app

The steps for reporting a fake Facebook account using the Facebook mobile app are the same as using a PC.

How to Report a Fake Facebook Messenger Account- App

1. Go to the conversation/person you’d like to report on Messenger.

2. Tap on the i icon at the top right corner of the messenger app. at the bottom of the new page, tap Something’s wrong .

How to spot a fake facebook page

3. Next, tap Pretending to Be Someone as your category, then select who they are pretending to be.

4. Finally, click Send Feedback to submit it.

How to Report a Fake Facebook Messenger Account- Web

1. Open the conversation of the person you need to report to Facebook.

2. Click on the person’s name at the top of the chat box in the chat box.

3. Click on View profile , then follow the guide above on how to report a fake Facebook account on PC

How to Spot a Fake Facebook account.

1. Check the profile picture; They usually create fake Facebook accounts with pictures of celebrities or pictures of models. Also, if the profile picture is too perfect, it’s most likely a fake Facebook account.

2. Check if you can view any information on their profile such as friend list, if it’s hidden and you have no mutual friends, or if there’s very little or no activities on their facebook feed, it’s most likely a fake Facebook profile.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Have you seen a Facebook Page with a huge number of fans even though they are a small business and you wonder how that happened? Or maybe you are doing an audit on a Page and are digging into their fanbase a little deeper. You want to know if they have fake fans on the Facebook Page.

There can be a lot of pressure to show “social proof” and get a lot of Likes on Facebook Pages. But now with the decreased Reach on Facebook Pages, maybe no one cares WHAT you do with your Facebook Page anymore 🙂

I still think that fake fans aren’t good for a Page for a few reasons:

  1. If you are retargeting your Facebook Fans in ads (which is a good thing to do) you are not advertising to the right people.
  2. People can see that you have fake fans and your credibility may suffer.
  3. Your organic reach to the true fans you have may suffer because Facebook sees little interaction on your Page.

What are Fake Facebook Fans?

First of all, what does a Fake Fan even mean? Typically, fake profile accounts are in overseas countries like Nigeria, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

People have created a business “selling” Fans to people but also, business owners can get cheap fake fans by advertising for Facebook Likes in those countries. This inflates the size of the Facebook Page so they think it looks better.

I do realize that there are lots of “real” profiles in the countries I mentioned but these countries do seem to have more than their fair share of “fake” profiles.

FB Like Check to Spot Fake Fans

At the time of this writing FB Like Check is a working tool – although I’ve seen it have periods of not working. Access it here: http://www.fblikecheck.com/

Add the web address of the Page and the 3 digit code to prove you aren’t a robot and you can see what countries the fans are from.

Then you will see the breakdown of fans from each country for the Facebook Page.

How to spot a fake facebook page

The biggest flag is if the business is primarily focused in one country and the majority of the fans are from other countries. There can be exceptions to this but that is concern.

There are other tools that can give you this type of data as well but this is a quick, easy, and free tool.

Watch the Facebook Page Engagement

If a tool isn’t available, another way to watch for Fake Fans is to look at the type of engagement the Page gets. Is it all from other countries or seemingly “robotic” messages?

How to spot a fake facebook page

That can be an indication, but again, not always a perfect correlation.

How to Remove Fake Fans from Your Facebook Page

Unfortunately the process to “clean up” your Facebook Page is tedious and time consuming. So this may be a reason some Pages don’t do it.

You need to manually scroll to the time frame when you may have added the fake profiles. Typically a Page owner knows that during a certain time, they advertised to the countries that had more fake profiles or maybe they actually “purchased” some fake profiles during a time frame.

To remove fake fans from your Facebook Page:

  1. Click Settings on your Page.
  2. Select People and Other Pages from the left side.
  3. Scroll to the Facebook profiles you want to remove and check the box next to their name (you can select several at a time).
  4. Click the wheel just above the list of names of People who Like this Page (right side next to Search box).
  5. Select Remove from Page Likes. You can also Ban people from the dropdown menu but that’s not typically necessary for fake profiles.

How to spot a fake facebook page

This is a very manual and time-consuming process and I would suggest doing it in small batches (or hiring someone to do it for you) if you have a lot. You may have to scroll all the way back up to the top to select the wheel and remove people.

Another thing that happens if you select too many is that you can “lose your work” so small batches is better.

The other thing is that it can be hard to really tell a “fake profile” from a real one because the fake profile creators have gotten better. But here are a few things I have noticed about fake profiles:

  1. They have very few photos or posts (but these can be hidden).
  2. They like hundreds and hundreds of Pages.
  3. They have very few friends and interactions (again, these can be hidden).

It’s not always crystal clear and I would ere on the side of not removing a profile rather than removing it if there is a doubt.

So hope that helps you decide if your competition is “faking it” with their fans. Overall, I don’t think it matters that much but I do think it matters if a company brags about how may fans they have when they all are fake!

How about you, have you see this happening out there? What do you think when you see that a Facebook Page has inflated numbers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Facebook, Twitter and Google executives have been invited to testify in Washington on Wednesday about foreign influence campaigns and disinformation online ahead of the midterm elections in November.

The problem has been far reaching. Over the summer, Facebook announced the discovery of hundreds of fake pages and user accounts on its site. Some pages appeared to specifically target Americans with divisive messages, using the same tactics that Russian operatives did to influence voters during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

The latest influence campaigns also imitated posts by legitimate pages and groups on Facebook that advocate political beliefs, making it difficult to tell what was a genuine post and what was not. Let’s compare some to see if you can tell the difference. Spoiler: It isn’t easy.

One of these posts was from a genuine Facebook page that supports feminism, and the other was part of an influence campaign. Can you guess which post is from a fake page?

How to spot a fake facebook page

Influence Campaign

How to spot a fake facebook page

Real Page

“Resisters” was a fake account that Facebook removed in July. “Feminist News” is a real Facebook page, as far as we can tell. (We asked Facebook to confirm the examples of real accounts used here are in fact authentic, and were told there was no apparent reason to suspect otherwise.)

The Resisters page existed for more than a year and described itself as “online and offline feminist activism against fascism,” according to Facebook and researchers at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which analyzes disinformation online and works with Facebook.

You may have guessed the post was from a fake page if you looked closely at the language: “Girls make rules and you follow them. If you don’t like it you live. End of the story.”

Broken English is not a sure sign that a post is part of an influence operation. But grammatical errors were a common trait among the Russian ads Facebook disclosed in 2017 — particularly the misuse of “a” and “the,” which don’t exist in the Russian language.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Although Facebook has still not tied this page to Russia, the language used in its posts and several other factors suggest a connection. For one, a Russian account that Facebook removed in 2017 had been set as an administrator of the Resisters page, though “for only seven minutes,” Facebook said. Before being shut down, a Russian account had also shared an event created by the Resisters page with its followers.

And on Twitter, an account with the name “ReSisters” and the handle “@resisteszunion” was identified this year as one created by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency.

The page’s most notable activity was an effort to organize a counterprotest to a conservative rally. It created an Aug. 10 event titled “No Unite the Right 2 — DC” to protest a planned white supremacist rally in Washington. The page coordinated with administrators of other Facebook pages, and persuaded five of them to share the event with their followers.

How to spot a fake facebook page

Facebook removed the event page before the rally, and informed 3,200 users who either expressed interest in the counterprotest or said they would attend about the suspicious activity behind it.

How to force yourself to start blogging

If you want to start something, don’t wait, just start.

Writing a personal statement or an essay? Great, just start typing and force yourself to write something. It doesn’t matter if it sucks, because you can always edit it later, but you need to write something. Want to start a blog? Great, start writing your first post in Notepad and figure out the logistics of setting up the website later.

If you’ve studied chemistry, you’ll know about activation energy – the ‘hump’ of energy required to get a reaction started. It’s the same in real life – if we want to get anything done, we need to put in a burst of activation energy to begin with, and things become a lot easier.

This is one of the best ‘productivity hacks’ that I’ve ever come across – the idea that to overcome activation energy, you can force yourself to start. Everything takes care of itself after that.

I often find myself needing this advice when writing these emails/blog posts. There are some weeks when I spend an hour trying to work out what to write about, and then another hour working out the first paragraph. That’s a pretty unsustainable way of doing this. This week however, I just started typing whatever came to mind, and then edited it a bit afterwards. That reduced the amount of time it takes to write the email from 2+ hours to around 15 minutes – much more manageable over the long term.

As someone famous once said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I think that’s probably relevant.

Have a great week!

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Postponing an unpleasant task and looking for an excuse to do so is common in every adult’s life. When a child does not wish to do something, they just go ahead and say so. An adult, however, is capable of coming up with solid reasons and good excuses for their procrastination. Today we’ll talk about making yourself do the things that must be done no matter how you feel about them.

First and foremost, acknowledge the importance and worthiness of the task to be done

Behind every unpleasant task there is a visible result. You only need to acknowledge it to see the worthiness of the task in front of you. It might help someone you love, make this world a better place or bring your company a bit closer to an important goal. The actual task you dislike in advance is seldom something worthless, and that’s the beauty of it.

Admit to yourself that you are afraid of the unknown

Quite often we don’t want to do something because we are afraid of failure. People make mistakes and fail, but not everyone can handle the failure. We will definitely discuss using failure to your advantage, in a separate article. And for now try acknowledging your fear; face it, accept it and start acting. It’s important to control your fear instead of letting it control you.

Give up your perfectionism

Did you know that children are less afraid of creative failures than an adult? Would you care to guess why that might be? It’s just is that a child has no idea what perfect looks like, so he creates one of his own! As soon as you stop looking back at stereotypes imposed by the society, you will succeed.

Result is less important than intention

Do as you must, whatever is destined to happen – will happen. With that in mind, try casting away any thoughts about the result. Just start acting. Right now the most important thing is to get down to it and keep moving in the right direction, the rest will fall in place.

Our life comprises things beyond those we enjoy

Unfortunately, or maybe luckily, this is true. And there is nothing terrible about it. After all, it’s those unpleasant things that make our life so varied. If we were doing just the pleasant things, they would stop being that enjoyable after a while. Therefore, unexciting things make our favorite things to do even more enjoyable!

Set limits

Freedom is great, but not always so. If you are to do something complex and not too enjoyable, setting limits for yourself will help you handle it much faster. Focus as much as you can once you get down to it, therefore simplifying it. Minimize all distractions: internet, gadgets, TV and other noises.

Take it one step at a time

Everyone knows how difficult it is to start. The first step is the most difficult one, especially if we are talking about something that’s not exactly pleasant or easy. Begin, make a tiny step (write the first sentence of your report or article, start drawing a sketch, compile a speech plan) and stop right there. Now you can go ahead and compliment yourself on having begun. Make another tiny step and stop for a bit there. Very soon you will get adjusted to the work process and won’t feel like stopping until you cross the finish line.

Don’t let your brain lead the way

It’s human nature: our brain goes out of its way trying to resist any unpleasant task, eagerly picking up on any distractions that present themselves. With an engaging task, any outside noise stops being relevant to the brain, simply getting blocked. When you need to make yourself do something unexciting, you must make an effort to block any attempts of your brain to get you to distract. Turn off the TV, put your smart phone and tablet away, keep yourself from checking your e-mail and social network accounts. As soon as you get accustomed to the work process, your brain will calm down and stop looking for distractions.

Stay positive no matter what

It’s very useful to learn to see “the other side of the coin”. Working on a boring project will probably make you grow as a professional, preparing a presentation will help you overcome complexes and fear etc. It might be hard to believe, but every unpleasant task comes with positive bonuses. All you need to do is learn to identify them.

As a conclusion, here’s a thought that’s worthy of keeping in mind:
Tasks that we enjoy and take pleasure in doing help our body and soul rest, while those we do not particularly enjoy help us grow and cultivate new qualities, often giving us unexpected perspectives on things. Do keep that in mind when there is a task on your to-do list that you are really unwilling to get down to.

Check out Nimbus Note – an instrument that will help you organize yourself!

Some people have been trying for many years to do it, but it was just not easy. You don’t have to continue using social media because social media is not the same thing as blogging. People are creating blogs in order to publish their thoughts. Blogging is not a science because there are plenty of blogs where people write only about positive topics and they do not talk about controversial topics. However, people are trying to create blogs in order to talk about the topic that they love and to communicate with other people.

If you have a blog, you can explore new topics and write about them. You can also post links on other websites so that your website grows.

Decide on your blogging platform

Choose a blogging platform for your blog.

There are many platforms to choose from such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, TypePad, Blogger, etc.

There are also different business-specific blogging platforms such as WordPress for business purposes and Blogger for personal use.

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform by a big margin.

A major reason for the popularity of WordPress is that it comes pre-installed on the majority of Linux and Mac computers.

Therefore, if you don’t have one, you can easily install it on your Linux machine by using any Linux or Mac software like WP-Lite or install it on your Linux/Mac machine using software like Yoast or WP Engine.

There are a number of tools and plugins that make word Press easy to use.

Choose your blog’s focus

Is the basic question every single blog needs to answer at the start? This is your opportunity to share with your readers the purpose and identity of your blog. It is not enough to simply create a blog and think about the social interactions, the forums, and the comments. A blog is designed to produce new content, share knowledge and skills, and satisfy the audience. After you have done all that you need to tell your readers why they should care.

Choose a name for your blog your blog.

Name and URL is often the first thing people look at when they search for you. It should be able to convey your brand and set you apart from other similar blogs.

Write, edit, and publish your first post

Join the WPBeginner free community.

Upload a free .com or .net domain name.

Get started at WordPress.com/blogger.com

Get up to 50 free blog themes and plugins.

What is WordPress.com?

Word Press is a popular open source blogging platform. Unlike a lot of blogging platforms, it is easy to start a blog on WordPress.com.

It doesn’t cost anything to create and host a WordPress.com blog. Can I Still Build My Own Blog From Scratch?

Yes, absolutely. You can still build your own blog. There are tons of free and inexpensive Word Press themes and plugins. I recommend the Lullabot Toolkit because it comes with excellent support and offers thousands of free themes and plugins.

How to force yourself to start blogging

So you’re short on time. You’ve got a deadline, and you really need to get your post published. There’s no flexibility for perfectionism, this time, there is simply point A, point B, and the chasm between the two.

Allow me to introduce you to the fastest way to put proverbial pen-to-paper and send that blockbuster post down the production line in the shortest time possible.

The drag

When I first started blogging, it was like torture. Even when I had a good idea for a blog post, I’d still sit there for hours wondering how best to put it together. Would it get read? Was it good enough?

There would be the inevitable research period of just gathering all the information needed for the post, followed by the cross-checking of every other possible angle of that research. Then the writing began. Sporadically. Stop, start, stop, start. Start again.

I was always trying to find a narrative, but failing to grasp where (if anywhere) the story was actually going.

It wasn’t the best system. It wasn’t really a system at all. I could burn through hours – if not days – just trying to write that one great post. Often, I never even made it to the end.

Here’s what I changed

Once I realised (Thanks RescueTime) how many hours I was burning through in return for very little, I decided to make some changes to my workflow. The result was taking my content production time from 6 hours down to about 60 minutes.

Come up with ideas in advance

The worst thing about blogging is sitting around staring at a blank screen and trying to think of what to write about. You need to know exactly what you’re going to write, before you sit down to start writing it. Come up with ideas for blog posts in advance, make a list, and then sit down and write.

Don’t waste time wondering. This part should already be done.

Create an outline, every time

Got your idea? Good. Now instead of starting to write a big long meandering post that may or may not arrive at a conclusion, break it down into steps.

Outlines vary based on what kind of post you’re writing, but ultimately – this is the one that I come back to again and again:

  1. Introduction of the thing
  2. Value of the thing
  3. The THING
  4. Case study of the thing
  5. Conclusion

Whatever your outline is: break it into bullet points that go sensibly from a beginning to a middle to an end. Getting these points written down is the catalyst for the rest of your post.

As Belle over at Buffer once said:

I’ve found that creating an outline is one of the best ways of doing this.

Check off the easy bits

Look at the steps in your outline. Now write 100-200 words for number 1 (introduction), number 5 (conclusion), number 2 (value), then number 4 (case study). Those are the easy parts.

Your introduction should grab people’s attention and lure them in.

Your conclusion should summarise the most important things that you want people to take away from your post (if they skip the entire article and only read this paragraph, they should be able to get the gist of it).

Your value explanation should tell people why they should care about what you’re about to say. What benefit will it have to their lives if they keep reading?

Your case study should give a concrete example of what you’re saying in action. It can be a quote, a story, an experience or anything else that backs up your point and leads nicely into the conclusion.

Done all that? Awesome. You’ve covered roughly 700 words at this point, which means you’re about half done. Try to aim for 1200-1500 words in a post whenever possible. This is the length that generally performs best both for humans as well as search engines.

Fill in the gaps

Now fill in the gaps by writing the actual body of your post. Keep it simple. Say what you want to say clearly and concisely.

Don’t try to come up with complex theories or write about things you’re not clear on. Stand on the shoulders of giants. The internet is full of incredible content which you can link to, quote, and reference.

Try to give the maximum value to your reader – not be a know-it-all. Sometimes that means sending your audience to other places.

Don’t forget to use simple writing tools to keep the quality of your content high as you go along. Guide your reader through the story. Hold their hand. Make them feel warm and fuzzy and happy as they frolic from heading to heading.

Get checked

One of the most liberating ways to speed up your writing is to absolve yourself from the responsibility of editing it.

Get the words down onto “paper” as fast as you can. Allow the content to flow freely. There are going to be some good paragraphs and some bad paragraphs – but ideally – you’re going to let someone else decide which those are.

Having an editor (or really, just a friend) to proof-read your content serves two purposes. First: It means you’ll be less shy about getting words out, cause you don’t have to “fix them all” later. Second, it gives you the point of view of someone else. Is everything clear? Is there an area that needs more detail? What does that mean, exactly? You can learn a tremendous amount from someone who isn’t as close to the subject material as you are.

Getting your work checked by someone else is far less about grammar and spelling (really, some app on your computer should be able to handle that) and far more about input on the content itself.

Pull the trigger

Once it’s all done – get it out there. That may be in the form of adding it to a publishing schedule, or it may simply be pulling the trigger on the publish button. The most important thing is not to wait. Sitting on content makes it go stale. The longer you wait, the less relevant it becomes.

(and, if you’re anything like me, the more likely you are to hate it)

What to do next

Get off the procrastination bandwagon! Writing blog posts can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a case of finding a system that works for you and then sticking to it. For me, writing an outline and then building it out, piece-by-piece, increased my writing speed by about 600%.

Give these steps a try and see how they work for you.

  1. Consult your list of blog post ideas and choose one indiscriminately.
  2. Bash out an outline as quickly as possible. Spend no more than 10 minutes on this.
  3. Fill out each section starting with the easiest bits. This creates writing momentum which will help you finish.
  4. Phone a friend for review and suggestions for improvement.
  5. Pull the publish trigger and set your content free.

How quickly did you manage to complete all the steps? There’s nothing more motivating than working to a timed deadline!

Update: One more really obvious tip for writing faster is to use Markdown. Check out our full Markdown guide for the nitty gritty.

Once upon a time, “how to” posts were a blogger’s bread-and-butter.

The idea was simple. People want to know how to do stuff, and if you teach them how, you’ll get lots of traffic.

And it was true… for a while.

This post from 2007 is a great example:

For years, it was the most popular post on Steve’s mega-popular blog. It continues to rank well in the search engines today.

But here’s an interesting question…

If Steve published that post in 2016, would it still be as popular and get as much traffic?

The answer is no. Absolutely not.

The Internet Has Changed

A decade ago, it was hard to learn how to do stuff. You might have to call an expert, take a class, or horror of horrors, go to the library.

The idea of finding out how to do things online was still relatively new. People were shocked and surprised by the simple, practical advice they could find on the web.

But not anymore. You can Google damn near anything and find a dozen articles and videos giving you step-by-step advice.

What’s more, you expect it.

If you Google “how to cook brown rice,” and you find an article to teach you how to do it, you’re not overjoyed. It’s not a memorable experience. You probably forget about the article and the website as soon as you finish cooking the rice.

Not only are “how to” posts getting less traffic, but the traffic they do get is less engaged. Even if you do happen to rank in the search engines, 99% of the people stay just long enough to solve their problem, and then they forget about you forever.

There’s a simple fix. It works for every topic in every niche for every person starting a blog.

A Simple Hack for Writing Great “How to” Posts

Instead of teaching people what to do, teach them what to do differently.

Assume every person coming to read your “how to” posts has already read a dozen other posts on the topic. To get their attention, you have to show them an entirely different method that works better.

Here’s a great example from Tim Ferriss:

How to force yourself to start blogging

Tim doesn’t just teach you how to peel a hard-boiled egg. He teaches you how to do it differently and save yourself time and frustration.

The result? 7 million views and counting.

The bottom line…

The strategy of giving people practical, undifferentiated, step-by-step guidance is dead. If you want to write “how to” posts that get traffic, force yourself to find a methodology that’s clearly superior to everything else and then, teach it to people.

Of course, this raises an important question…

What if you have nothing new and interesting to teach?

Well, you have two options.

First, you can become a curator. Find the smartest advice from other people, and piece it together into a collection of resources for your readers.

It’s easy. It’s fast. People appreciate the time it saves them.

The other option?

Say nothing. Avoid the topic entirely until you have something new and interesting to say.

In fact, take the time you would’ve spent writing the post and dedicate it to conducting weird experiments. Most of them won’t work, but occasionally you’ll stumble across a new insight or methodology that changes the way people do things forever.

This is how you become influential, by the way.

It’s not by repeating old wisdom. It’s by creating new wisdom that makes the old wisdom look stupid.

Then for God sakes, be quiet.

The world doesn’t need another blogger telling us stuff we already know. What the world needs is thinkers, tinkerers, and rebels, brave souls who look beyond the way things are done and see the way they could be done.

Much like zen masters can control their minds, an elite group of dudes can control bodily functions just as powerful: their farts.

No, we’re not talking about holding them in. We’re talking about farting on command, an impressive feat that rivals that of raising one eyebrow and licking your elbow. To the blind eye, farting appears to be a matter of chance. But as you’re about to discover, making yourself fart is simpler than you might think.

Let ‘Er Rip Dude

How to force yourself to start blogging

How to force yourself to start blogging

These five tried and true methods will put the odds of flatulence in your favor.

Make Yourself Fart with the Right Fuel

Just like marathoners need a big breakfast on race day, you need the right fuel in your digestive system to make yourself fart. In case you haven’t read this post about why your farts smell so bad, here are some foods that are like rocket fuel for flatulence:

  • Leafy greens (especially brussels sprouts)
  • Beans
  • Dairy products (especially ice cream)
  • Beer and wine
  • Carbonated drinks (may also cause burping)

Now that you’ve got a good amount of gas in the tank (and maybe feeling a little bloated), here’s how to let it loose. We must note that doing all of these things at the same time may cause some constipation.

The Air-Swallow Farting Method

Of all the methods to make yourself fart, the air-swallow is the easiest (and most socially acceptable). Here’s how it works:

  1. Sit up straight on a comfortable surface
  2. Fill your mouth with air (don’t inhale it into your lungs)
  3. Swallow the air
  4. Repeat until you feel the trapped gas working its way down to your derrière

Bet they didn’t teach you that trick in science class.

The Anal Inhale Farting Method

At first, this sounds like a superhuman feat—inhaling with your butthole? But it’s actually quite simple. Just like you can make yourself burp by swallowing air with your mouth, you can make yourself fart by letting air in and out of your ass.

  1. Lie down somewhere flat and pull your legs towards your head
  2. Relax your rectum and let the air seep in slowly
  3. Keep at it until you feel a butt bomb bubble up
  4. Let ‘er rip

For the sake of your reputation, we don’t recommend conducting this exercise in public. But after a long day of holding in farts (or poop) at work, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be added to your evening wind-down routine.

Yoga Poses to Reduce Bloating

If you thought your child’s pose during yoga was only good for improving flexibility and lowering your blood pressure, think again. Don’t be fooled by the pristine pictures and soothing sounds—yoga produces notoriously nasty farts.

Here are two positions where the odds of ripping ass are exceptionally high:

Knees-to-Chest (Apanasana)

Apana is Sanskrit for “downward-moving life force” and asana means “pose.” As the name implies, this posture is similar to happy baby and designed to push bodily toxins downward, through, and out of your body. DUDE translation: It’s the definitive ass-ripping position.

Don’t get it twisted—you don’t need any overpriced classes or yoga gurus to induce your flatulence for you. You can get into the apanasana pose anywhere in five simple steps:

  1. Lay on your back
  2. Bend both knees
  3. Pull both knees towards your chest
  4. Breathe slowly and deeply
  5. Let your rear end roar

Start by holding this pose for 20 seconds at a time. It may take a few minutes for your “downward-moving life force” to work its way out.

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

This pose is designed to loosen up your hammies—and your farts. When done correctly, paschimottanasana improves digestion and relaxes your torso, creating the perfect storm for the perfect fart.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Sit with your legs extended in front of you
  2. Place your hands next to your body and press into the floor
  3. Hinge at your hips and fold your torso forward
  4. Walk your hands alongside your body as you get deeper into the pose

After a few long breaths, your ass should exhale as well.

Fart It Up with Squats

All it takes is a quick look at the discussion forums on Bodybuilding.com, Reddit, and Quora to see that gym farts have plagued nearly every dude that’s stepped into a gym. But there’s one gym area that appears to induce unseen levels of noxious fumes: the squat rack.

Weightlifters are notorious for experiencing mid-squat gastrointestinal attacks—understandably so. For starters, heavy breathing causes excess air to build up in your digestive tract. On top of that, the squat position is scientifically proven to reduce strain on the bowels.

You don’t need to be a powerlifter to produce stinky squats, though. If you want gas relief on-demand, simply lower yourself into a bodyweight squat with your knees bent at 90 degrees. After a few up-and-down movements, you should be primed for passing gas.

Mastering the art of making yourself fart is an impressive feat. But with great power comes great responsibility. Our only task is to use these strategies for good, not evil deeds like hotboxing your friend’s car with farts or dutch oven-ing somebody in bed.

If you’re interested in making more noise with your body we’ll teach you how to burp on command here.

Three strategies to help you stop putting things off.

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner — the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return — the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym more often this year?

Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress, and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them? Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?

The good news — and it’s very good news — is that you can get better about not putting things off, if you use the right strategy. Figuring out which strategy to use depends on why you are procrastinating in the first place:

Reason #1: You are putting something off because you are afraid you will screw it up.

Solution: Adopt a “prevention focus.”

There are two ways to look at any task: You can do something because you see it as a way to end up better off than you are now — as an achievement or accomplishment. As in, if I complete this project successfully I will impress my boss, or if I work out regularly I will look amazing. Psychologists call this a promotion focus – and research shows that when you have one, you are motivated by the thought of making gains, and work best when you feel eager and optimistic. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, if you are afraid you will screw up on the task in question, this is not the focus for you. Anxiety and doubt undermine promotion motivation, leaving you less likely to take any action at all.

What you need is a way of looking at what you need to do that isn’t undermined by doubt —ideally, one that thrives on it. When you have a prevention focus, instead of thinking about how you can end up better off, you see the task as a way to hang on to what you’ve already got — to avoid loss. For the prevention-focused, successfully completing a project is a way to keep your boss from being angry or thinking less of you. Working out regularly is a way to not “let yourself go.” Decades of research, which I describe in my book Focus, shows that prevention motivation is actually enhanced by anxiety about what might go wrong. When you are focused on avoiding loss, it becomes clear that the only way to get out of danger is to take immediate action. The more worried you are, the faster you are out of the gate.

I know this doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs, particularly if you are usually more the promotion-minded type, but there is probably no better way to get over your anxiety about screwing up than to give some serious thought to all the dire consequences of doing nothing at all. Go on, scare the pants off yourself. It feels awful, but it works.

Reason #2: You are putting something off because you don’t “feel” like doing it.

Solution: Make like Spock and ignore your feelings. They’re getting in your way.

In his excellent book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Oliver Burkeman points out that much of the time, when we say things like, “I just can’t get out of bed early in the morning,“ or, “I just can’t get myself to exercise,” what we really mean is that we can’t get ourselves to feel like doing these things. After all, no one is tying you to your bed every morning. Intimidating bouncers aren’t blocking the entrance to your gym. Physically, nothing is stopping you: You just don’t feel like it. But as Burkeman asks, “Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it?”

Think about that for a minute, because it’s really important. Somewhere along the way, we’ve all bought into the idea — without consciously realizing it — that to be motivated and effective we need to feel like we want to take action. We need to be eager to do so. I really don’t know why we believe this, because it is 100 percent nonsense. Yes, on some level you need to be committed to what you are doing — you need to want to see the project finished, or get healthier, or get an earlier start to your day. But you don’t need to feel like doing it.

In fact, as Burkeman points out, many of the most prolific artists, writers, and innovators have become so in part because of their reliance on work routines that forced them to put in a certain number of hours a day, no matter how uninspired (or, in many instances, hungover) they might have felt. Burkeman reminds us of renowned artist Chuck Close’s observation that “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

So if you are sitting there, putting something off because you don’t feel like it, remember that you don’t actually need to feel like it. There is nothing stopping you.

Reason #3: You are putting something off because it’s hard, boring, or otherwise unpleasant.

Solution: Use if-then planning.

Too often, we try to solve this particular problem with sheer will: Next time, I will make myself start working on this sooner. Of course, if we actually had the willpower to do that, we would never put it off in the first place. Studies show that people routinely overestimate their capacity for self-control, and rely on it too often to keep them out of hot water.

Do yourself a favor, and embrace the fact that your willpower is limited, and that it may not always be up to the challenge of getting you to do things you find difficult, tedious, or otherwise awful. Instead, use if-then planning to get the job done.

Making an if-then plan is more than just deciding what specific steps you need to take to complete a project — it’s also deciding where and when you will take them.

If it is 2 p.m., then I will stop what I’m doing and start work on the report Bob asked for.

If my boss doesn’t mention my request for a raise at our meeting, then I will bring it up again before the meeting ends.

By deciding in advance exactly what you’re going to do, and when and where you’re going to do it, there’s no deliberating when the time comes. No do I really have to do this now? or Can this wait till later? or Maybe I should do something else instead. It’s when we deliberate that willpower becomes necessary to make the tough choice. But if-then plans dramatically reduce the demands placed on your willpower, by ensuring that you’ve made the right decision way ahead of the critical moment. In fact, if-then planning has been shown in over 200 studies to increase rates of goal attainment and productivity by 200-300 percent on average.

I realize that the three strategies I’m offering you — thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings, and engaging in detailed planning — don’t sound as fun as advice like “Follow your passion!” or “Stay positive!” But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective — which, as it happens, is exactly what you’ll be if you use them.

If you have a passion for fashion, you may be considering launching a fashion blog. First, you must learn the key elements for how to write a successful fashion blog. Below is a step-by-step plan of action to help you get heading in the right direction.

Begin By Selecting Your Area of Expertise

“Fashion” is a broad term used to describe many genres of clothing and accessories. Before you get started it is essential to select your area of expertise. This needs to be more detailed than writing a blog that appeals to men, women, teens, or children—but instead, you must focus on a specific niche within the industry. The area of expertise you select will be used to help create your marketing strategy, website URL, and website design. For example, you could select:

  • Moms who need to be stylish yet comfortable.
  • Women over 40 who want to wear the latest fashions, while still looking age appropriate.
  • Shopping for fashion on a budget.
  • The latest in couture and designer trends.
  • DIY fashion.
  • Mixing vintage with modern.
  • Local boutiques and shopping tips.
  • Unique accessories—you could focus on one accessory such as jewelry, shoes, or handbags, or focus on multiple accessories.
  • Men who need to dress professionally by day, but want to dress down or trendier at night.
  • Themed clothing and accessories such as superhero or sports center.

These are just a few ideas to get you heading in the right direction. Just make sure that the area of expertise you select is one you are excited about and will want to write about for years to come.
An excellent example of how selecting an area of expertise for your fashion blog makes it easily identifiable is such as this blog geared toward fashion-forward retirees.

Pick A Unique Yet Memorable Name

Now that you know your area of expertise, it is time to select a unique yet memorable website URL. While some blogs opt to infuse their URL with relevant keywords, this is less of a concern for your fashion blog. It is not that keywords are not relevant, just that keywords in fashion come and go faster than in most industries—and you don’t want your blogs name to appear dated.
Instead focus on a name that is fun, unique, and memorable. Opt for a series of 2-4 words that are easy to remember, and not too tricky to spell. You could include your name, or a series of words that sound good together. Consider sneaking words such as fashion or style into the name—but don’t force it. One of our favorite examples of a quirky and memorable blog name is Cupcakes and Cashmere, a blog dedicated to all things food and fashion.

Make It Look Amazing

Create Your Marketing Strategy

As with any business it is essential to create a marketing strategy. There are many methods in which you can market your fashion blog, so you will need to first determine what methods you will manage yourself—and which ones you will outsource. While your primary goal may be to learn how to write compelling content for your fashion blog, also consider distributing content elsewhere on the web to drive traffic back to your website. When creating your marketing strategy consider online marketing strategies such as:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Monthly Fashion Newsletters
  • Pay Per Click Campaigns
  • Guest Blogging On Relevant, Yet Not Competitive Blogs
  • Paid Advertising In Online Publications
  • Banner Ads
  • Website Optimization
  • Networking Both Online And Offline

These are only a few marketing strategies to take into consideration. Ensure that you place a high value on social marketing because the imagery of a fashion blog works well on social media platforms. On top of that, social media and blogs account for 23% of internet users time spent online—and over 80% of all American’s frequent social media and blogs.
Ensure that you have a measurable marketing strategy, with a solid timeline in place before launching your blog—this way you will be able to accurately assess your ROI. While you may outsource some of your marketing, you will be responsible for a portion of it—unless you have a large marketing budget.

How To Make Your Fashion Blog Successful

Making your fashion blog successful will require you to find a way to make it financially lucrative. The general rule of thumb is that the more traffic you generate to your website, the more profitable it will be—but how you make your blog profitable is also key. Consider monetizing your website in the following methods:

  • Allow designers and boutiques to place paid advertisements on your blog.
  • Charge designers and boutiques for blogging about their clothing and accessories.
  • Partner with designers and boutiques to sell the items you blog about on your website.
  • Add Google AdSense or something of the sort.

A successful fashion blog is one that generates a steady stream of revenue. Just make sure that your blog does not feel to sales centered, but instead fun, informative—and of course fashion savvy.

Great Blog Examples

One of the best ways to try and make your blog succeed is by looking at already successful fashion blogs and trying to emulate the qualities that you believe are good. Two of our favorites are Refinery29 and the Elle Fashion Blog.

Refinery29 and the Elle Fashion Blog both race ahead of the pack because of their clean-cut, minimalistic appearances and diverse range of content. On any given day they will post an article pertaining to fashion, as well as to any number of other topics which interest their readers, and for that, we salute them.

How to force yourself to start blogging

We all want to live our best lives despite the drudgery that was (and is) the Covid-19 pandemic. That means more moments for vacations, dinners with friends and family and time in general to spend on our mental health and wellbeing. But in order to get there, we need access to financial freedom. Whether we like it or not, It’s partly money that fuels these moments of carefree smiles and Black joy.

However, according to a recent McKinsey study, members of ethnic minority groups and women are more likely to need to change occupations due to the pandemic. We’re also more likely to feel the greatest financial hardships of Covid-19.

Despite the odds being stacked against us, women of color have been killing the game when it comes to leveling up. We’re starting businesses and creating legacies of wealth and entrepreneurship. Granted, it’s still an uphill battle to prove our worth is of equal value to our less melanated counterparts, but we’re ever the hustler, trying to make the system work in our favor and create the financial freedom we deserve. Women are pivoting and quickly implementing everyday habits to secure the bag they deserve.

To help you improve your financial situation, I’ve pulled together key habits from three successful women of color. From investing in yourself to using the word “no,” these amazing women are letting you in on their everyday habits that have allowed them to level up and increase their earning potential. So listen up ladies—you’re about to get some real gems.

How to force yourself to start blogging

Invest in yourself.

Vivienne Okafor is a branding and content strategist for female entrepreneurs and runs a business called thevoguide. She believes the key habit that has helped her increase her earnings is investment. Why? Well, it’s all about the short-term effort for the long-term gain.

Vivienne shares that investing in herself has been a game changer. “Whether it’s time after work, effort or money into courses and certificate programs, I’m committed to betting on my personal development and growth,” she says.

“Every hour, minute, second and dollar I’ve invested in my business has multiplied ten-fold because it’s a signal that I’m making a commitment to myself but also inching closer to mastery!”

Valuing yourself enough to invest in courses is key. As the saying goes, you need to spend money to make money. By increasing your personal value and what you can offer, you can market yourself to new employers, negotiate higher salaries or even step out on your own and build up a client base for your business.

Master the art of saying “no.”

Latesha Lynch, a branding and premium pricing coach for service-based entrepreneurs and coaches, says “One of the biggest habits I adopted was getting used to setting boundaries for myself and my business.”

She admits it’s a tough habit to get used to but saying no and speaking up is crucial for someone looking to grow their income.

When you know your value and what you can and cannot do, you’re less likely to bend or force yourself to accommodate for others. It doesn’t mean you won’t put in the work. But what it does mean is that your time will be valued for all that you bring to the table.

Latesha also states that this particular habit helped her increase her earning potential because she was able to focus on the parts of the business that she does well and charge more for her time when people would request for her to extend herself outside of her core offerings.

Embrace discipline.

Lené Hypolite, founder of The Goal Standard, says that “discipline has allowed me to focus on growing the parts of my business that generate revenue instead of wasting time on things that don’t.”

This means using her time wisely and spending it on areas that she excels in but also allows her to unleash her creative side. In fact, by being so disciplined with herself, she has been able to think creatively and develop several new products that eventually generated new income streams.

And there you have it. These are three easy habits anyone can take up to start increasing their earning potential today. With a bit of smart investment, setting boundaries and implementing discipline in your daily routine, you can drastically change your bank account.

So now go on and put it all into practice today. Say no to something that is overextending you in a way that you aren’t being compensated for, stick with your to-do list and look at ways you can invest in yourself. In a few months time, you may likely find yourself living an even better life, focusing on your bliss and getting paid to do it.

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How to force yourself to start blogging

The start of your blog post matters. But so does the end.

In fact, without a powerful end to your post, all the work that you put into the title and paragraph one is wasted. Because the end of your post is what keeps your readers coming back for more.

Here are seven powerful ways to end your post.

1. Sum up your key message

Sometimes, you need to hammer a point home. The final few lines of your post are a great opportunity to make sure that your key message gets across.

If you can, bring out a new point—or sum up in an engaging way. If you just rehash what you’ve already said, readers will wander off, bored.

Example:

To write 100 books (75,000 words per book) over the next 30 years, you need to be writing 1,000 words per day (writing five days a week, 50 weeks per year). At a brisk but comfortable pace, that’s an hour a day.

If you want to write 100 books in the next ten years, that’s 3,000 words a day.

Being prolific is closer to possible than you might have believed.
—David Masters, Writing Secrets of Prolific Authors, Write to Done

2. Encourage the reader to take action

Many blog posts are full of excellent advice, but how often does that advice actually get put into practice?

Readers love posts that are practical, and if you can persuade them to do something (and see the benefits) then they’ll be much more likely to return to your blog.

Example:

But in the meantime, here’s a tip you can use right away. You’ll have vastly better copy on your website in 20 minutes by following these two simple steps:

Go look at your web copy right now.

Take out every word that doesn’t contribute something new.

Come back here and tell us about the before-and-after. I bet you’ll have something to say!
—James Chartrand, Do You Have Useless Website Content?, Men with Pens

3. Ask the reader to share your post

If you want more tweets or Facebook shares, ask for them. Readers won’t always think of sharing your post, and they may not notice that you’ve got a “retweet” button waiting—unless you tell them.

You might also want to encourage readers to forward a post to friends: unless you’re writing for a predominantly techy audience, there’s a good chance that a lot of your subscribers are getting your feed by email.

Example:

If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you!
—Ali Luke, How to Have Confidence in Your Writing – and Yourself, Aliventures

4. Link to another useful resource

When readers finish one post, they’ll often be ready to read another on a similar topic. If you’ve written an inspirational piece, for instance, it’s a great idea to link to a practical guide that helps readers turn that inspiration into action.

You don’t need to link to blog posts, either. Pointing readers towards newspaper articles or books in your field isn’t just useful—it also helps demonstrate that you’re on top of what’s happening in your niche.

Example:

  • Writing as an emerging sculpture: Inspiration from Michelangelo’s slaves
  • 15 ways modern art galleries can inspire writers

5. Ask a question to encourage comments

Questions work well in titles and first lines—and they’re also a good way to end a post. Asking a question for readers to respond to (e.g. “do you any tips to add?”) is likely to increase the number of comments you get.

Don’t go over the top with questions, though: one or two are usually enough. You don’t want your readers to feel bombarded with a whole string of questions.

Example:

Did you find some great strategies of your own in the videos? What are the exciting ideas informing your own marketing—and how are you implementing them?

Let us know in the comments.

—Sonia Simone, 3 Content Marketing Ideas You Should Steal from Coca Cola, Copyblogger

6. Tell readers what’s coming next

If you want people to subscribe to your blog, or to keep visiting the site for updates, you need to let them know that you’ve got good stuff coming up.

At the end of your post, let readers know what’s coming tomorrow (or next week). You might simply drop a hint like “I’ve got something big to announce next week…” or you might tell them to stay tuned for a more advanced post on a similar topic to the one they’ve just read.

Example:

Next week I’ll post about moving larger WordPress sites. Those might not work with this method because your export XML file will be too large, and you might not be able to upload it via the WordPress import feature.
—Daniel Scocco, How to Move A Small WordPress Site Via the Import/Export Tool, DailyBlogTips

7. Promote your product or service

Even though you might have information about your book/ebook/ecourse/etc. in your sidebar, some readers won’t see that—they’ll either be reading in an RSS reader or they simply won’t notice.

The final line of your post is a great place to let readers know about your product (or to remind them that it exists). This works especially well if your post has been on a similar topic—for instance, if you’ve written about procrastination and you’ve got an ecourse on getting things done, there’s an obvious link between the two!

Example:

Also, check out our Blogging for Beginners Series for more blog tips and ProBlogger the Book for a comprehensive guide to improving your blog and deriving an income from it.
—Darren Rowse, 10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog, ProBlogger

Which of these tips would work well on your next post? Leave a comment below to tell us what you’ll be trying out…

Ali Luke is a writer and writing coach, and blogs for a number of large sites. If you’re struggling to keep up the motivation to write for your blog, check out her post on Six Common Writing Excuses (And How to Overcome Them).

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

A wedding is undoubtedly the most special occasion for the two holding each other’s hands for life and the families of both the bride and groom. We all want our family, friends and colleagues to be with us on that most memorable occasion and what better way to invite them than to send them the perfect wedding invitations capturing your theme and style perfectly.

How should we call them over to this special event! This is one of the most important parts of a wedding as it’s the initial opening of the big day. To invite every guest with the perfect wedding invitations that captures the theme, emotions, and happiness of the two bonding together for a lifetime. Wedding invitation packages should reflect your big day and the theme of your wedding be it a vintage theme, boho or a rustic theme in the woods.

Wedding Invitations Planning

Weddings should be designed smoothly with proper planning and a guide to get the best out of them for your special day. Here’s the most straightforward guide to how you should choose the perfect wedding packages and invitation cards.

  • Firstly, think of the season you are getting married in so that your wedding invitations, theme and color scheme match the season perfectly. Here are Sienna Mai we have invitations for every season including Winter /Christmas weddings, Spring, Autumn and Summer weddings.
  • Get inspiration from your venue. Are there roses in the gardens? A barn? A botanical garden? A traditional manor house? or even a destination wedding.
  • Choose two free samples of wedding invitations to help you decide and maybe even go for one that matches your theme but you are really unsure about. They often look different in your hand than they do in the photo.
  • Look straight to your budget once you get the inspiration for your wedding invitations. Sienna Mai wedding invitations are priced affordably so they don’t blow your budget.
  • Once you have decided on the perfect wedding invitation package, you then need to decide on what details you would like to include so your guests have everything they need to join you on your big day. Sienna Mai makes this process easy as our personalization form asks all the right questions so our talented designers can create the draft for you to check over.

I want to leave a tip here for you. Choose someone you trust and share your finished draft with them to see if there is anything you have missed out and to help with any amendments. This way you can be confident they are perfect.

When it comes to how to choose the perfect wedding invitations, it’s not as simple as couples may think. Because between the cost, theme, sizing, inserts and paper types, there’s a lot to think about. But we’re help to help.

Read on to discover our quick tips on how to choose the perfect wedding invitations.

Choose The Perfect Wedding Invitations Starting With A Theme

Choosing a wedding theme is a great way to ensure the overall design elements are complementary. From elegant vintage designs to floral elements, these styles work well for most wedding stationary. And our wedding invitation ideas below will help set the stage for what your guests can expect.

  • Vintage – Vintage styles make use of design elements from older eras. such as an Art Deco style.
  • Floral – Floral theme feature lots of flowers and other nature inspired elements.
  • Classic – Classic wedding invitations focus more on the wording and a simple, yet thematic design.
  • Tropical – These elements include palm trees and flowers. Also, tropical invitations are especially ideal for destination weddings.

Popular Color Schemes For Wedding Invites

The best colors for your wedding invitations mostly depends on your chosen theme. But also the overall style of your wedding. Plus, the seasons play a key role in the appropriate colors to use for your invites.

Generally, online catalogs provide color filters to help you choose the best colors and hues. Also, keep in mind that some invite colors can be adapted to your needs. So, don’t be reluctant to ask the supplier before you rule out a design. And that’s the beauty of custom wedding invitations. Our graphic designers can help you chose the perfect wedding invitation or design something different.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

Invite Paper Types

The paper type is important because it dictates the look and feel of the overall invitation. Therefore, to choose the perfect wedding invitations, you must keep the paper texture in mind. It’s best to choose a paper type that suits your wedding theme. Of course, you should always consider your budget. The fancier the paper, the more expensive it will be. The different textures and designs of paper for wedding invitations includes:

Parchment – Due to its affordability, parchment paper is very common.

Linen – In addition to being a beautiful texture, linen paper won’t break the bank.

Vellum – Adds a luxurious look to wedding invitations because it’s a see-through material.

Handmade Paper – Not only is handmade paper relatively affordable, but it’s also environmentally friendly.

Cotton – Cotton fiber material is usually a bit more expense because its more compatible with a letterpress.

Felt – Felt card stock is thicker than the average card stock.

Glossy – Glossy paper is a popular choice and similar to matte but has a glossy shine.

Recycled Paper – This paper type uses organic recycled materials and plants. However, it’s similar to handmade paper.

Glassine – Glassine is a similar, but waxier paper type to Vellum.

Matte – A crisp and clean looking paper and is a common standard for online brands.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

Wedding Invitations Shapes & Sizes

Before you starting the mailing process, make sure you’ve thoroughly considered the invitations shapes and sizes. In addition to differing in postage costs, different shaped and sized cards change your wedding theme’s overall look. Check out the best wedding invitations for the different shapes and sizes that Vizons Design has to offer.

Square – Square is the standard shape for invitations. They have the basic 90 degree angles for corners.

Bracket – A bracket, just as the name sounds, has bracketed sides along all four edges.
Ticket – The ticket style invitation has inverted rounded corners, similar to an old fashioned ticket.

Tri-fold – The invitations are folded into thirds, accordion style. Although they add a touch of style to wedding invitations, this style is more costly than the standard style.

Scalloped – Scalloped invitations have edges that appear like a series of repeating curves across every edge of the invitation.

Round – Similar to the square shape, but with rounded corners.

Flat – A flat invitation is the traditional, standard style. Since there are no folds on the card, there’s no additional costs.

Landscape vs. Portrait Orientation – Landscape orientation refers to the card printed with the top and bottom edges as the longest sides. And the right and left edges as the shorter sides. A portrait orientation is the opposite.

When it comes to how to choose the perfect wedding invitations, there are lots of options. But it’s important to choose what’s right for you and fits your budget. We hope this mini guide has been helpful in your wedding journey.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

Wedding invitations set the theme and tone for your special day. Your wedding invite is your guests first look into your big day. It should represent your personal style. Not sure where to begin? Find out everything you need to know about this important part of your stationary here.

Looking For The One

Searching for ‘the one’ is almost as tricky as choosing ‘the one’ you marry! The search for ‘the dress’, ‘the shoes’ and… ‘the stationary’ makes any bride want to sigh in dismay! With so many different styles of wedding invites available on the internet, it becomes very hard to narrow it down to your personal style. Choosing your stationary especially your invites is supposed to be fun, take a deep breath and consider the following information before deciding on your final design.

First Impressions Last Forever

People will remember the way you appear when you first meet them, so it’s important to look and act your best when you meet someone for the first time. The same rule applies to your wedding invitation, not to mention the fact that they’ll last forever in your mother-in-laws album.

Whether your planning a classic al fresco wedding or a rustic affair in the countryside, your invitations should reflect that. White, cream and ivory paper are seen as the traditional options, a pop of colour will reflect your personal style. We wanted our invites to reflect our sophisticated al fresco wedding with the breath taking views of Santorini. For our wedding stationary I came across Sherrine at Gorgeous Creations through my search on the internet.

A little bit about Sherrine, she worked as a freelance graphic designer and design consultant, you can check out her website here. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sherrine. Throughout the whole process she was highly professional and patient. She’s very talented and genuine that I will recommend her to friends and family.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

We chose an Ivory lace effect, embossed with a laser cut pocket design, hand embellished with a beautiful crystal embellishment for our invites and table numbers.

Come Fly With Me

For those brides marrying abroad I’ve noticed the popularity of the ticket style passport invite with an rsvp tear off. We considered this style invite but decided to go with a more traditional formal design. For a beach themed wedding there are so many styles to choose from with shells and foot prints in the sand. For a romantic whimsical wedding why not opt for a water colour design. If your going for a statement wedding you could opt for a splash of gold foil, the choice of styles are endless. Papier are fab for creating personalised destination wedding stationary, check them out here.

Time Is Of The Essence

We sent out our save the date via social media to our friends and family 16months before our wedding to allow guests to book time off work. Our guests were happy to use our wedding as an excuse for a family holiday. This brings me on to timings. Send your save the dates to all your guests as soon as you’ve paid your deposit for your venue. For a destination wedding send your invites out at least 10 months before your wedding day.

You’re Invited

We spent a few days playing around with the wording of our invites before passing on to Sherrine for our layouts and proofs. When wording your invites be sure to include vital information: date, time and location of your wedding. Don’t overcrowd your invite, include separate sheets with links to your website and other useful information. Avoid putting your gift list on the main invite. This should be included on a separate sheet or your website.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

On a final note, your wedding is something worth celebrating, do make sure that your stationary reflects your excitement and happiness.

Now that you’ve found the ideal design for your wedding invitations, you must choose the words you wish to use to request the presence of everybody you care for to this important celebration. Following are a few tips you’ll want to avail yourself of for wedding invitation wording that will help you to express yourself as a couple while demonstrating the impression of elegance and decorum.

Examining a few greeting cards will provide you with the creative insight that you will need if you want to find wedding invitation wording that’s absolutely perfect. You can also log onto www.americangreetings.com or www.hallmark.com to find online cards that are wedding-related that should inspire your imagination. They will also assist you to to establish whether or not you want your invitations to be in the form of verses, or if you prefer the details of your special day to be more conversational.

After that, you’ll need to determine how you’re going to present your ceremony to your guests. Should the wording be written as though the parents are extending the invitation to the wedding guests? Do you want to word the invitation as though you and your partner are inviting all of your friends and family to a one of a kind celebration? If you or your fiance have children, you may want to include your son’s or daughter’s name in the invitation too, suggesting that the decision to create a blended family is a wish shared by everybody involved.

You may also wish to include a citation about love, such as a Bible verse, an ancient proverb from your cultural roots, or a line from a favorite poem or book at the top of your invitation to make it more personal; these words can also appear at the end of the card as a finishing touch. You can also include an original reference from you, your spouse, or your kids so that the missive will act as a wedding favor as well as an invitation.

After you have the creative facets of your wedding invitations settled, you’ll want to make certain that your wedding invitation wording consists of all the important information about your wedding. Don’t forget to inform your guests where the event is going to be (include the whole address), as well as the date and the time that your wedding ceremony will be happening. If you are planning a reception, be sure that the wording of your invitation gives your guests all the details about this occasion also.

While the idea of choosing the right wedding invitations wording can be somewhat intimidating, the good news is that there are basic guidelines that you can follow no matter what style of ceremony you are planning. Learn more by visiting our site on etiquette for wedding invitations.

Wedding invitation wording is the most important part of the wedding invitation. This is how the bride and groom convey all of the pertinent information to their guests so that guests can plan for the wedding as well. There are certain things to consider when choosing the perfect wedding invitation wording.

The first thing to consider when choosing a wedding invitation wording is the theme of the wedding. If at all possible, this theme can be incorporated within the wedding invitation. Consider that a formal event will need formal wording while a casual event can be less formal. This not only applies to the wedding invitation wording, but also to the spelling of certain words and the quality of the printing.

The next thing to consider when choosing a wedding invitation wording is including all of the necessary information for the guests. The bride and groom should include the names of those who are hosting the wedding if they are not doing it themselves. This will honor the hosts. The full names of the bride and groom should also be included. While this sounds odd, it is important because there are going to be guests at the wedding who may not have been in contact with the bride and groom in quite awhile. It is better to include the full names rather than to embarrass guests. The bride and groom should also include the date, time, and location of the ceremony as well as the reception information if it is different than the ceremony location.

Every wedding invitation vendor will have examples of different wedding invitation wording. It can become tricky when trying to include the information of the hosts, but this can easily be solved with some simple research. The bride and groom can choose to use one of these examples or they can mix and match several examples to create their own. They also have the option of truly personalizing their invitations by writing their own wedding invitation wording. This is a wonderful way to personalize an aspect of the wedding.

Regardless of the wedding invitation wording that the bride and groom choose, they need to ensure that all of the information is correct and spelled correctly. More than one person should proofread the wedding invitations. It would be a shame to order wedding invitations and have the wrong information. This will save the bride and groom from a lot of embarrassment.

Choosing the perfect wedding invitation; wedding planning wording does not have to be difficult for the bride and groom. They need to make sure to give themselves enough time to think about exactly what they want as well as time to proofread and order the invitations prior to sending them out. The wedding invitation wording is an excellent way for the bride and groom to express their personal style as well as their love for each other!

When it comes to wedding invitation printing, there are so many options out there it can get more than a little confusing. Hopefully this visual guide to wedding invitation printing along with notes on how they are each different (in style and price) will be helpful. We’re also working on a bigger “Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Invitations” piece for later this week, which will go into even more detail about how to pick the perfect wedding invitation for your budget and style.

In the meantime, here’s a look at the different wedding invitation printing techniques available. Since pricing for designs, fonts, colors, and paper weight vary, it’s harder to give an accurate pricing guide for each. However, these are ranked from what is generally considered the most to least expensive. Let us know which ones you’re getting or prefer in the comments section below!

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

1. Engraving: This is considered the oldest form of printing (it dates back to the 17th century), and involves a process where the design/text of your wedding invitation is etched into a copper plate. The plate is then coated with ink and blotted, and the paper is pressed with two tons of weight. This pressure, like embossing (mentioned below) creates raised lettering and indentations on the back of the paper that result from the pressure. If you are having your wedding invitation engraved, you can usually ask for the copper plate your invitation was printed with as a keepsake. Black ink is usually the best color option for engraved wedding invitations, and is best for formal wedding invitations. Engraving is typically the most expensive form of wedding invitation printing.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

2. Foil Stamping: The design/text of your wedding invitation is etched into a copper plate, and the foil (which comes in rolls and doesn’t always have to be metallic) is heated and applied to the indented paper with pressure. This is typically best suited for formal wedding invitations and can often be as expensive as engraving, though you typically have more options when it comes to choice of fonts.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

3. Letterpress: Photopolymer printing plates are made using your wedding invitation’s design and lettering. The plate is placed over the paper and then the “press,” which is inked with your colors, is pressed onto the plate. A separate plate is produced for every ink color used. Because this process has become so popular (thanks, Martha Stewart!), it can get pricey. Letterpress printing is best for unusually textured paper. Since different colored inks need to be applied separately, it’s usually best to stick to 1-2 colors.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

4. Thermography: A special resin-like powder is placed on paper which is then printed with ink. These are then heated to create a raised surface. The great thing about thermography is it’s hard to tell the difference between it and engraving. The only thing that is most likely noticeable is that the back of the invitation will have a smooth surface (vs. an indented one that engraved wedding invitations have). As with Letterpress, inks are applied separately so it’s usually best to stick to 1-2 colors.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

5. Embossing: Metal plates etched with letters are stamped into paper to create a raised surface. No ink is involved with embossing, which means it’s typically better suited for return addresses on envelopes, borders on an invitation, or initials for a monogram.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

6. Offset (also known as Lithography): An inked impression is made from a plate to a rubber-stamp like surface, which is then transferred to the paper. Offset printing (which produces a flat image) is considered a higher quality than digital printing and is typically a budget-friendly option for brides looking for one step-up from digital printing. You have a ton of flexibility as far as color options and number of colors you can use.

How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

7. Digital Printing: With advances in printing technology, the differences in quality between offset printing and digital printing are becoming few and far between. Digital printing, which also produces a flat image, can be done at home with a high quality laser printer, or via a printing company that allows you to print a thicker paper stock. Since plates are not required, this is a fast and inexpensive option for many brides looking for vibrant color options. One important note if you are printing at home: Laser printers are much better at printing type and graphics than Inkjets. Like Offset Printing, you have a lot of flexibility in terms of the number of colors you can use for your budget.

Wedding stationery can set the mood for your big day. When it comes to selecting a stationery suite, celestial wedding invitations work for a number of themes. Maybe you share a passion for stargazing or are having an outdoor wedding at night. It’s also an effortless way to incorporate boho or romantic vibes. Whatever the reason, your wedding guests will love the unique touches and starry designs . Read on for our favorite celestial wedding invitations, and browse The Knot for even more unique wedding inspiration.

The Knot Invitations Sparkling Romance Wedding Invitations

Add a touch of romance to your celestial wedding invitations with this navy and gold invite. The gold sparkle around the edges evokes a night sky, while the modern script gives it a modern, fresh feel.

The Knot Invitations Modern Romantic Wedding Invitations

Not all celestial-themed weddings have to use a dark palette. This bohemian invitation includes a sun peeking over the skyline and a crisp, clean design. Pair the invitation with the matching envelope liner for a cohesive and bespoke look.

Paper Cactus Prints 3-Piece Celestial Wedding Invitation Suite

Set the tone for an outdoor wedding under the night sky and celebrate a love that’s “written in the stars.” This invitation suite includes the invite, a details card and an RSVP card. From the whimsical constellations to the crescent moon and stars, it evokes a gorgeous night sky.

Minted All-in-One Starry Skies Wedding Invitation

Minted’s all-in-one invitations fold up and include the invitation, details, detachable postcard RSVP and envelope. This invitation’s night sky landscape design is an unexpected take on the celestial theme. The moody night sky replaces stylized stars and moons for a breathtaking backdrop to your wedding details.

The Knot Invitations Elegant Glow Wedding Invitation

This invitation comes in a variety of colors, from purple to teal, so you can choose one that best fits your wedding colors. This suite includes a variety of matching items, including favor stickers and menus, so you can have a cohesive wedding look all the way from the save-the-date to the thank-you card.

The Knot Abstract Hills Wedding Invitation

Depending on the color you choose, this wedding invitation can look like either the sun rising over the mountains or the moon shining at night. The natural lines also complement the textured, high-quality card stock it’s printed on.

Bonhomie Design Celestial Wedding Suite

This terracotta-colored wedding invitation features a crescent moon and stars, while the RSVP card displays a rising sun. Fully customizable and printable, you can edit and personalize the digital download for any of your wedding events, including an engagement party or bridal shower.

The Knot Invitations Modern Brushstroke Wedding Invitation

Watercolor brushstrokes in navy, light blue and pale pink offer an abstract interpretation of the night sky in this artistic invitation. The modern font at the bottom will have guests ready for an elegant but contemporary wedding.

Carly Reed Walker Celestial Wedding Invitations

You can include the starry motif from this invitation suite across all your wedding planning, including the website and envelope. Add the optional belly band or lined envelopes in light blue for a pop of color.

Harper + Wren Celestial Wedding Invite Template

Geometric shapes on invitations are a contemporary way to elevate your wedding stationery. This invitation features an arch over a crescent moon surrounded by stars. While the black and white color scheme has a minimalist appeal, the template is fully editable so you can change it to fit your wedding theme.

Paper Culture Artistic Flowers Wedding Invitation Suite

Boho wedding aesthetics often draw heavily from the natural world while maintaining a minimalist, pared-back palette. If that sounds like the feel you want for your big day, look no further than this invitation. The clean, modern design is only accented by a simple flower and a sun or moon behind.

CZ Invitations Galaxy Vellum Wedding Invitation

Bring the art of the letter back with elevated details like a vellum jacket and wax seal. The playful galaxy print liner and modern calligraphy perfectly balance out the traditional aspects of the invitation with a more modern sensibility.

Basic Invite Shining Bright Wedding Invitation

This starry night wedding invitation includes a star pattern, bold font and gold foil. It’s a truly shimmery and celestial look that will have your guests dreaming of stargazing and, of course, your wedding night.

Papier Aurora Foiled Wedding Invitation

Navy blue and gold foil come together in this watercolor illustration. The background looks like the Aurora Borealis lights, while the splatter paint-like gold foil adds a shimmery, starry touch that any couple will love.

White Lace Design Mountain Wedding Invitation

Geometric patterns and artful illustrations create a mountain skyline on this wedding invitation. This invitation is perfect for any mountain wedding, and the night sky and moon design will excite your guests to see a beautiful view of the stars at your venue.

Basic Invite Good Times Foil Wedding Invitation

Celestial wedding invitations can go with any wedding theme. This invitation marries a star motif with a vintage marquee vibe. The gold stars evoke the night sky or space, while the whimsical, handwritten font style would go well with a restaurant venue or more casual event.

Sincerely By Nicole Luna Moon Phase Wedding Invitation Suite

This boho invitation shows the moon phases over your wedding details. Pair that with a smoky watercolor detail on the RSVP card and you have a moody invitation that can go with any contemporary wedding aesthetic.

Basic Invite Classic Constellation Clear Wedding Invitations

Acrylic wedding invitations are made with a plexiglass material for a trendy and memorable invitation that is sure to impress. This acrylic invitation includes constellations, making it perfect for a wedding under the stars or at a planetarium.

Horray Creative Cosmos Foil Stamped Wedding Invitation

This invitation features rose gold foil against a cloudy navy backdrop. When guests look at your invitation, they’ll be reminded of a twinkling night sky.

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    How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Invitations On Your Budget?

    Before you plan to search for the perfect wedding invitations, you have probably determine your estimated number of guests, your wedding theme and your main wedding colors and you may run across a lot of articles giving you average budget. According to The Wedding Report, the average cost on 100 wedding invitations and response cards is between $300 – $700.

    So, we provide some ideas of 100 wedding invitations (with RSVP) in 4 levels budget: most budget friendly(less than $3 for one invitation with RSVP), affordable($3-$7 for one invitation with RSVP), a little more than average cost($7-$10 for one invitation with RSVP) and much luxurious cost(over $10 for one invitation with RSVP).

    There are a lot of deciding factors you need to know when it comes to how much wedding invites and day-of pieces cost, where you buy the invitations, material of invitations, printing method, decorative elements and other finishing details.

    1. Most budget friendly invitations you don’t want to miss

    Making invitations on your own is the most creative and obvious budget friendly way when your budget for invitations is limited. Couples can try to download free or buy template of invitations on website and printing at home, then DIY the beautiful invitations. Even you needn’t to print, just send the electronic invites to your guests if you could accept.

    If you prefer to save money as well as release some pressure of planning wedding, it is a great idea that order the simple invitations online, with basic paper material, economical digital printing method and non-decorative elements. Or you prefer to add some simple but chic elements (such as belly band, tag or ribbon) decorating your invitations, you can save the cost by cutting the cost of RSVP cards and trying including your RSVP information on wedding cards such as reply by email or your website.

    2. Much affordable budget for wedding invitations

    Additional details added in wedding cards will also play a role in your budget. So if you prefer to add one or two special elements to make your unique wedding invitations perfect, and your budget for invitations is between $3 and $7 (price for one invitation with RSVP), affordable online shop is the most suitable choice for couples.
    Here are some samples: special paper (such as vellum paper, handmade papers, .04″thickness acrylic) , special printing method (such as foil printing, Letterpress printing, termography printing), and unique decorative elements (such as laser cut or vellum pockets)

    3. A little more than average cost of invitations

    There’s so much creative freedom when it comes to your invitation suite that your budget for invitations is lightly less pricey but still a considerable expense. You can work with your local Stationery shop to check widely different wedding invitation suites and chat with designers face to face.
    The great embellishments and more enclosures can be added to your wedding invitates, such as more expensive special paper (.08” acrylic invitations with customized heavy out envelopes and liners), other wedding stationary (printed liners, reception cards, menu cards and so on) and custom or vintage postage.

    4. No short of money and want the luxurious wedding invitations

    There is no advice for this level budget, any chic or fashion and newest if you like, you can add to your luxurious wedding invitation suites.
    Velvet envelope with foiled address or mirror acrylic names, thick acrylic with exquisite hard box, hand-calligraphy, designers in graphic design studio create the totally luxury custom invitations.

    Your wedding invitations are the first impression of your wedding that your guests will receive – so you want to make sure that it is completely fabulous! Read our top tips on choosing the best invitations for your big day here.

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    When you begin the long journey of planning your dream wedding, your mind fixates on the big things: dress, venue, catering, honeymoon. However, the smaller details that we don’t initially consider are also critical to get right. Wedding invitations are one such smaller detail that most couples tend to leave until the last minute – a move that we would describe as very unwise! Whilst you will be familiar with every intimate aspect of your big day, your guests will be almost completely in the dark until the ceremony itself, with only one clue as to the theme and style – the invites! So make sure all of your guests get the best first impression of your wedding, and follow our top tips on how to choose and write the perfect invitations to get everyone excited for the big day!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    1. Match the themes
    2. Be careful with color
    3. Explore your options
    4. Less is more
    5. The deadline!

    1. Match the themes

    Unless you’re very committed to the element of surprise, then you should make sure that your invitations reflect the tone, style and theme of your big day. It can be difficult to know where to start with this, or how to achieve a level of comparability, so start with color, and work your way from there. We would definitely recommend that you speak with a design expert when it comes to invitations, and hire someone who is well-seasoned with color palettes, formatting and fonts, and who has a good eye for details. Use your common sense too – if you’re having a traditional church wedding, maybe bypass the sequins and glitter!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    2. Be careful with color

    If you’re having a traditional wedding, then whites, creams and pastel palettes are definitely the most appropriate colors to be engaging with in your invitations. Floral motifs are also always welcome, and gold touches in the calligraphy and borders add a glimmer of luxury and finery. However, if you’re after something a little more modern, then the Foil Invite Company might be the people to ask! Their bold color combos – such as this yellow/gray number – scream “alternative”, and are a welcome departure from the typical invitations that every romcom in history has shown us. However, take care to not overload your invite with color – we would recommend picking 3 at most, and keeping it simple.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    3. Explore your options

    Twenty years ago, your wedding invitations were written on cards and posted to your family and friends. Now, you have a hundred different options, though we wouldn’t recommend anything too extravagant that is going to massively detract from your budget. Boxed invitations as pictured below from the marvellous Whimsique designers are a lovely option that will certainly get your guests a little more interested! The classic invite is always sure to be warmly received, but here is an opportunity to experiment a little and show off your personality.

    Within this realm, also don’t be afraid to explore. Wedding invites do not have to be sourced locally – so branch out a little further, check out boutiques, and search online until you find the style that you want.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    4. Less is more

    Your wedding invites are essentially an exercise in marketing and advertising, so take a leaf out of the experts’ book with less is more! Don’t overcrowd your invitations with unnecessary text or images – keep it simple, and make it easy for your guests to ascertain the information that they need. That means a big emphasis on names, the date and time, and the venue/location. If you’re sending menu options alongside your RSVPs, then of course please do specify dietary requirements (we don’t want to be responsible for any allergic reactions!), but for the main invite, what you need is basic text made beautiful. Wedding invitations are about aesthetic as much as the info!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    5. The deadline!

    It’s good practice and good manners to make sure that your guests receive their wedding invitations with ample time to decide and respond – particularly if you are having a Destination Wedding that requires people to make travel and accommodation arrangements. Between two to three months is usually a good amount of time, although it does depend on the time of year. If you are having a summer wedding (or are travelling abroad), three months is recommended – people tend to travel in July and August, so make sure your invite arrives before they book their holiday! If you are staying closer to home, or having a fall wedding, you can get away with sending your invites 6-8 weeks before the date – but for the sake of organization, we would lean towards the three month deadline.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    Make sure to follow our advice on making the best wedding invitations possible – and make a good impression for your guests!

    For more wedding advice, check out these articles:

    And to discover the top 2019 invite trends, check out our latest Youtube video!

    Your wedding invitations are the first impression of your wedding that your guests will receive – so you want to make sure that it is completely fabulous! Read our top tips on choosing the best invitations for your big day here.

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    When you begin the long journey of planning your dream wedding, your mind fixates on the big things: dress, venue, catering, honeymoon. However, the smaller details that we don’t initially consider are also critical to get right. Wedding invitations are one such smaller detail that most couples tend to leave until the last minute – a move that we would describe as very unwise! Whilst you will be familiar with every intimate aspect of your big day, your guests will be almost completely in the dark until the ceremony itself, with only one clue as to the theme and style – the invites! So make sure all of your guests get the best first impression of your wedding, and follow our top tips on how to choose and write the perfect invitations to get everyone excited for the big day!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    1. Match the themes
    2. Be careful with color
    3. Explore your options
    4. Less is more
    5. The deadline!

    1. Match the themes

    Unless you’re very committed to the element of surprise, then you should make sure that your invitations reflect the tone, style and theme of your big day. It can be difficult to know where to start with this, or how to achieve a level of comparability, so start with color, and work your way from there. We would definitely recommend that you speak with a design expert when it comes to invitations, and hire someone who is well-seasoned with color palettes, formatting and fonts, and who has a good eye for details. Use your common sense too – if you’re having a traditional church wedding, maybe bypass the sequins and glitter!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    2. Be careful with color

    If you’re having a traditional wedding, then whites, creams and pastel palettes are definitely the most appropriate colors to be engaging with in your invitations. Floral motifs are also always welcome, and gold touches in the calligraphy and borders add a glimmer of luxury and finery. However, if you’re after something a little more modern, then the Foil Invite Company might be the people to ask! Their bold color combos – such as this yellow/gray number – scream “alternative”, and are a welcome departure from the typical invitations that every romcom in history has shown us. However, take care to not overload your invite with color – we would recommend picking 3 at most, and keeping it simple.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    3. Explore your options

    Twenty years ago, your wedding invitations were written on cards and posted to your family and friends. Now, you have a hundred different options, though we wouldn’t recommend anything too extravagant that is going to massively detract from your budget. Boxed invitations as pictured below from the marvellous Whimsique designers are a lovely option that will certainly get your guests a little more interested! The classic invite is always sure to be warmly received, but here is an opportunity to experiment a little and show off your personality.

    Within this realm, also don’t be afraid to explore. Wedding invites do not have to be sourced locally – so branch out a little further, check out boutiques, and search online until you find the style that you want.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    4. Less is more

    Your wedding invites are essentially an exercise in marketing and advertising, so take a leaf out of the experts’ book with less is more! Don’t overcrowd your invitations with unnecessary text or images – keep it simple, and make it easy for your guests to ascertain the information that they need. That means a big emphasis on names, the date and time, and the venue/location. If you’re sending menu options alongside your RSVPs, then of course please do specify dietary requirements (we don’t want to be responsible for any allergic reactions!), but for the main invite, what you need is basic text made beautiful. Wedding invitations are about aesthetic as much as the info!

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    5. The deadline!

    It’s good practice and good manners to make sure that your guests receive their wedding invitations with ample time to decide and respond – particularly if you are having a Destination Wedding that requires people to make travel and accommodation arrangements. Between two to three months is usually a good amount of time, although it does depend on the time of year. If you are having a summer wedding (or are travelling abroad), three months is recommended – people tend to travel in July and August, so make sure your invite arrives before they book their holiday! If you are staying closer to home, or having a fall wedding, you can get away with sending your invites 6-8 weeks before the date – but for the sake of organization, we would lean towards the three month deadline.

    save How to pick your perfect wedding invitation

    Make sure to follow our advice on making the best wedding invitations possible – and make a good impression for your guests!

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

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How to remap modifier keys on ipad

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Want to turn the Caps Lock key on your iPad into the Escape key? Want quick access to the Globe button on your Bluetooth keyboard? Using a new feature introduced in iPadOS 13.4, you can do just that.

If you’re using a third-party Bluetooth keyboard, the keyboard layout may be different from the iPad’s official Smart Keyboard, the new Magic Keyboard case for iPad, or even your Apple Magic Keyboard.

For instance, both the Smart Keyboard and the Magic Keyboard cases for iPad have a Globe key for switching between keyboards, but they don’t have an Escape key. Apple’s external Magic Keyboard and third-party keyboards do have an Escape key, but doesn’t have the Globe key.

Thankfully, you can remap these modifier keys on your iPad from the Settings app.

First, make sure that your keyboard is connected to your iPad. From there, open the “Settings” app on your iPad that’s running iPadOS 13.4 or higher.

Next, choose the “General” option from the sidebar and tap on the “Keyboard” button.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Now, choose the “Hardware Keyboard” option.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Tap on the “Modifier Keys” button from the bottom of the section.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

You’ll now see a list of keys that can be modified:

  • Caps Lock Key
  • Control Key
  • Option Key
  • Command Key
  • Function Key (Globe Key if you’re using Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard case)

Pick the key that you want to modify. If you want to change the behavior of the Caps Lock key, for example, tap on the “Caps Lock Key” option.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Now, you’ll see all the available actions that you can apply to the modifier key:

  • Caps Lock
  • Control
  • Option
  • Command
  • Escape
  • Globe
  • No Action

To switch to the Escape action, tap on the “Escape” button.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

You can now go back to the “Modifier Keys” screen and change the behavior of other keys as well. If you’re using a Windows keyboard, you can use this method to switch the Control and Command keys to the correct order.

This is just one of the new features in iPadOS 13.4. Learn about Apple’s brand-new adaptable mouse and trackpad cursor support for iPad

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Ever attached a PC keyboard to your iPad only to find that the ⌘ and ⌥ keys are the wrong way around and fumed at Apple for not even offering an option to remap modifier keys on iPad? Well, you are not alone to have traveled through this annoying path. Thankfully, this problem has become a thing of the past as the tech giant has made it a tad easier to use a PC keyboard with an iPad. So, if your lonely looking PC keyboard is willing to play nicely with Apple tablet, let me help you set it up!

Remap Modifier Keys on iPadOS 13.4 or Later

With iPadOS 13.4, Apple has added a setting to remap modifier keys. Right now, it consists of five important keys such as Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command, and the ever-vexing Globe, which seem to be more than enough to bring a smile on the face of a PC guy. That said, make sure you have attached a hardware keyboard to your iPad (wired or Bluetooth keyboard), else the setting won’t appear.

It’s pretty easy to modify keys on the iPadOS device. All you need to do is head over to Settings app -> General -> Keyboard -> Hardware Keyboard -> Modifier Keys.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Here, you should see a list of all the keys that you can change.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Now, remap keys like Caps Lock, ⇧, ⌘, ⌥, and ⌃ in line with your needs. Not to mention, there is also an option to map the annoying globe key to an Escape key on Apple’s Smart Folio Keyboard case. ⌃-The space key can still let you switch keyboard languages.

Simply, select one of the modifier keys then change the function it performs. Also, swap the keys around to suit your workflow better or enhance your typing speed. Just in case you want to disable a key, assign “No Action” to it.

Restore Modifier Keys to the Default Status

If you ever wished to reset the modifier keys to the default status for any personal reason, you can do so with ease. To get it done, go to Settings app -> General -> Keyboard -> Hardware Keyboard -> Modifier Keys. Now, tap on Restore Defaults to go back to the default state.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Use PC Keyboard with iPad By Perfectly Remapping the Modifier Keys

It’s good that Apple has finally provided a way to customize modifier keys on iPadOS. While I have never doubted iPad as a super handy gadget for all seasons including gaming, media watching, writing, and even fairly decent video editing, the tablet still has some notable grounds to cover. For one, full-fledged mouse support can go a long way in making the device a better tool for those who still prefer to control a screen using a mouse rather than gestures. By the way, what do you think of this new iPadOS feature and what are the improvements you want to see in the tablet? Feel free to shoot your thoughts in the comments below.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Recent releases of iPadOS added a feature that few expected – but many were happy to see – in the form of the ability to alter the modifier keys on an external keyboard attached to an iPad. That includes Bluetooth keyboards, the Magic Keyboard, and even Windows keyboards that are in use with iPad.

This is a great solution for people who also change what modifier keys do on their Mac and have had to live with their muscle memory tripping them up when they make the switch to an iPad. That doesn’t need to be a problem anymore, and it could be a huge deal for the people it affects.

It may go without saying, but none of this applies to the iPad software keyboard. But if you’re using an external keyboard of any kind, whether it’s the iPad Smart Keyboard, Magic Keyboard, or a Bluetooth keyboard, you’re going to want to read on.

You’re going to need to be using an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later installed for this to work. You also need to have an external keyboard attached, whether that’s via Bluetooth, USB, or the Smart Connector.

How to Change the Function of Modifier Keys on iPad Keyboard

Ready to adjust the modifier keys on iPad hardware keyboards? Here’s what to do:

  1. Open the “Settings” app and then tap “General”.
  2. Tap “Keyboard” to enter the section where all of your iPad’s keyboard settings live.
  3. Tap “Hardware Keyboard” – remember that this won’t appear unless a keyboard is connected to your iPad.How to remap modifier keys on ipad
  4. Tap the “Modifier Keys” option.How to remap modifier keys on ipad
  5. Tap the modifier key that you want to alter the behavior of: Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command, or Globe.How to remap modifier keys on ipad
  6. Select the new action that you want the key to perform when pressed. The change will take place immediately.

The modifier keys that you can change include Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command, and the Globe button. You can select any of those actions when changing a key’s behavior with the addition of Escape. Yes that means you can use this trick to create a hardware escape key on the Apple iPad keyboards – hooray for vi enthusiasts!

The incremental updates to new iPadOS releases build on existing updates that already brought tons of changes to the iPad. We’ve covered tons of them already including a change to how apps are updated and the use of iPad Dark Mode that we were all so keen to try out. The iPad continues to march along with new features and improvements, and new releases of iPadOS often bring about nice little changes like what’s discussed here.

Using a keyboard with an iPad really changes the game, too. There are way more keyboard shortcuts than you might realize, ranging from Safari keyboard shortcuts for iPad to tons of shortcuts for Pages, Numbers, Word, Chrome, and you can even take screenshots on iPad with the keyboard without pressing any buttons on your iPad itself.

Did you adjust the modifier keys on your iPad keyboard? Let us know your experiences in the comments.

Remap want to turn the Caps Lock key on your iPad into the Escape key? Want quick access to the Globe button on your Bluetooth keyboard? Using a new feature introduced in iPadOS 13.4, you can do just that.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

If you’re using a third-party Bluetooth keyboard, the keyboard layout may be different from the iPad’s official Smart Keyboard, the new Magic Keyboard case for iPad, or even your Apple Magic Keyboard.

For instance, both the Smart Keyboard and the Magic Keyboard cases for iPad have a Globe key for switching between keyboards, but they don’t have an Escape key. Apple’s external Magic Keyboard and third-party keyboards do have an Escape key, but doesn’t have the Globe key.

Thankfully, you can remap these modifier keys on your iPad from the Settings app.

First, make sure that your keyboard is connected to your iPad. From there, open the “Settings” app on your iPad that’s running iPadOS 13.4 or higher.

Next, choose the “General” option from the sidebar and tap on the “Keyboard” button.

Now, choose the “Hardware Keyboard” option.

Tap on the “Modifier Keys” button from the bottom of the section.

You’ll now see a list of keys that can be modified:

  • Caps Lock Key
  • Control Key
  • Option Key
  • Command Key
  • Function Key (Globe Key if you’re using Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard case)

Pick the key that you want to modify. If you want to change the behavior of the Caps Lock key, for example, tap on the “Caps Lock Key” option.

Now, you’ll see all the available actions that you can apply to the modifier key:

  • Caps Lock
  • Control
  • Option
  • Command
  • Escape
  • Globe
  • No Action

To switch to the Escape action, tap on the “Escape” button.

You can now go back to the “Modifier Keys” screen and change the behavior of other keys as well. If you’re using a Windows keyboard, you can use this method to switch the Control and Command keys to the correct order.

The newer iPad models, all those that can run iOS 13, have support for a mouse and keyboard. Users have been able to connect a keyboard to the iPad for a long time now but with iOS 13, the support for them has improved. In fact, if you don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard, you can use one that works via a USB dongle. All you need is an adapter for the job.

There are keyboards specifically designed to work with an iPad but you can use an ordinary desktop system’s keyboard with it too as long as you’re able to connect it. With both types of keyboards, you have the usual set of modifier keys that you get on an Apple keyboard i.e. Command, Control, Option, and Caps Lock. The Shift key doesn’t register as a modifier key but it will still work. It’s a part of the soft keyboard so technically, iPad has had support for it since day one.

If you’re using an Apple or non-Apple keyboard with your iPad, you can customize modifier keys on it. The option to change how these keys behave is built into iPadOS.

Customize modifier keys iPad

In order to customize modifier keys on the iPad make sure you’re running iPadOS 13.4 or later, and that your keyboard is connected to your device. If the keyboard is not connected, the setting to customize the modifier keys will not appear.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General>Keyboard>Hardware Keyboard.
  3. Tap Modifier keys and you will see a list of all modifier keys that are recognized by default. They are Caps Lock, Control, Option, and Command.
  4. Tap the key that you want to change the behavior of, and select one of the listed options. Repeat for all keys that you want to change.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Resetting modifier keys

If you’ve tinkered too much with the modifier keys and are having trouble navigating apps and the device with the new configuration, you can easily return everything to its default state.

Again, make sure the physical keyboard is connected to the iPad. If you’re having a lot of trouble with your device, remember that the touch screen still works and you can use it to navigate to the correct setting.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General>Keyboard>Hardware Keyboard>Modifier Keys.
  3. Below the list of modifier keys, you will see a Restore Defaults option. Tap it.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Remapping keys on iPadOS

If you’re looking for other ways to remap keys on a keyboard, you will be disappointed. Outside of these options, there is no other way to customize keys on a keyboard. Only these four keys can be remapped to seven preset actions. If you’re looking to modify other keys e.g., any of the letter or number keys the way you can on macOS, you won’t be able to.

You can try jailbreaking your iPad and see if there is a tweak that will allow you to do the job but generally speaking, it isn’t possible. If you’re trying to type in accents, consider making use of the accents bar in iPadOS.

Modifier keys on iPadOS

iPadOS recognizes and allows users to change the behavior of four modifier keys; Control, Command, Option, and Caps Lock. When it comes to remapping these keys though, there are more options. The keys can be set to act like each other and they can also be set to act like an Escape key, or the Globe key. The Escape key will, generally speaking, exit or close a UI element. It might be used to exit full screen in an app. The Globe key allows users to switch between different keyboards e.g., English, and Emoji, or English, Emoji, and any other language that has been added to the device.

When you change the behavior of these keys, remember that not all apps may support them. Most apps will focus on the main modifier keys and their functions. With complex apps such as Photoshop, changing the behavior of the modifier keys might make it exceptionally difficult to use the app with a keyboard.

Before you make any changes to these keys, consider how many apps will still be usable or easy to use with the modified behavior.

Conclusion

iPadOS is focused on multitasking and its improved keyboard and mouse support make it easier to function as a stand-in computer/laptop. The device is a great on-the-go device to use but plenty of people find a desk to prop it up on and in that setting, using its touch screen isn’t the best way to interact with it.

Apple’s smart keyboards have been a hit but they still do not provide as good a typing experience. There are now better keyboards available for newer iPad. You can also just use any other keyboard you might have lying around and tweak it a bit to make it easier to use.

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How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Need the Caps Lock key in your bodily iPad keyboard to imagine the perform of the Escape key? How about rebinding the Globe key to a distinct perform? With iOS and iPadOS 13.4, you are able to do simply that — change the conduct of some modifier keys on bodily keyboards. Observe together with us as we present you how one can remap your iPad keyboard modifier keys.

Concerning the iPad keyboard modifier keys

Your iPad keyboard case (or an exterior Bluetooth keyboard linked to your Apple pill) might use a keyboard format that’s totally different from what you’re accustomed to.

That may inconvenience even skilled typist.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

For instance, it’s possible you’ll end up repeatedly hitting that Globe key as an alternative of the Management key. Or, it’s possible you’ll need to discover a higher use for the Caps Lock key in the event you don’t use UPPERCASE a lot. To ensure that this to work, you need to manually alter the conduct of a particular modifier key in your bodily iPad keyboard in order that it performs an motion apart from default one.

TUTORIAL: How one can change the conduct of the modifier keys in your Mac

The flexibility to vary modifier keys on bodily keyboards is supported on the iPhone and iPod contact fashions with the iOS 13.Four software program or later, in addition to on iPads with iPadOS 13.4+.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Use a Home windows keyboard? Put the Command (⌘) key in the precise spot!

Observe together with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial to learn to remap your iPad keyboard modifier keys in order that they do one thing totally different than their default motion when pressed.

How one can remap iPad keyboard modifier keys

Observe these steps to remap the iPad keyboard modifier keys:

1) Open the Settings app in your system with iOS or iPadOS 13.Four or later.

2) Select Normal from the principle listing.

3) Faucet Keyboard.

4) Select the choice Keyboard.

Don’t see the choice! Confirm that your exterior keyboard is certainly linked to your iPad.

5) Now faucet Modifier Keys.

6) Select any listed modifier key to vary its conduct.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

The conduct of those modifier keys might be modified

You’ll be able to change the conduct of the next modifier keys on exterior keyboards:

  • Caps Lock (⇪)
  • Management (⌃)
  • Choice (⌥)
  • Command (⌘)
  • Globe

7) Now select a new motion from the listing that you just’d like your chosen modifier key to carry out when pressed or choose No Motion, which does simply that.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Binding the Caps Lock key to the Escape motion

You’ll be able to remap modifier keys to the next actions:

  • Caps Lock (⇪)
  • Management (⌃)
  • Choice (⌥)
  • Command (⌘)
  • Escape (⎋)
  • Globe

To return the keys to their authentic settings, hit the choice Restore Defaults.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

If you happen to’re a coder, Caps Lock can now lastly change into the brand new Escape key!

Sadly, the Perform key motion (fn) is just not an choice right here.

I stated “sadly” as a result of it could have been superior if I may change the hardly ever used Globe key to a Perform key like Exposé with out the emoji display arising.

Different iPad keyboard enhancements

With the iOS and iPadOS 13.4, your iPhone, iPad or iPod contact advantages from different under-the-hood enhancements by way of keyboard options and entry. For example, builders can now monitor your bodily keyboard for key up/down occasions, making doable all kinds of keyboard management capabilities that merely weren’t doable earlier than.

Fore instance, apps like Images now provide arbitrary shortcuts corresponding to Management (⌃) + 1 whereas beforehand all keyboard shortcuts in iOS apps required holding down the Command (⌘) key.

And, in fact, anticipate iPad video games to introduce complicated keyboard shortcuts.

It will let iPad video games reap the benefits of a bodily keyboard like Apple’s Sensible Keyboard Folio with out utilizing workarounds https://t.co/v2cCWvhHcg

— iDownloadBlog (@iDownloadBlog) February 6, 2020

And with Full Keyboard Entry, you may totally navigate an iPad by way of a bodily keyboard.

It actually presents unimaginable touch-free management, full with utilizing the Tab key to navigate between totally different fields in any app, shortcuts for the Notification and Management Heart, and so on.

How do you want remapping the iPad’s modifier keys to date?

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By Charlie Sorrel • 1:00 pm, February 7, 2020

How to remap modifier keys on ipadFinally, you can remap that stupid globe to an escape key.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Using a keyboard with your iPad is a beautiful thing. It seems like every iOS update brings more and more keyboard shortcuts. But until now, you’ve been stuck using Mac-compatible keyboards only. If you hooked up a PC keyboard to your iPad, then the ⌘ and ⌥ keys would be the wrong way around.

On the Mac, thats always been easy to fix, thanks to a preference screen for switching these keys via software. And now, in iOS 13.4 beta, you can finally remaps modifier keys, too. And, yes, you can even remap the stupid globe icon on Apple’s Smart Folio Keyboard.

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A short history of hardware keyboards on the iPad

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Finally!
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Over the years, I’ve gone through a ton of keyboards for my Mac and my iPad. My favorite of all is the Filco Majestouch 2 tenkeyless, a clicky USB keyboard that feels great, looks great and sounds either really great, or really annoying, depending on your aural perspective. But I could never use it with my iPad, because it is a PC keyboard.

The main difference between PC and Mac keyboards is that the Mac has its Command key next to the space bar, whereas Windows has its Option key next to the space bar. Because pretty much every common Mac keyboard shortcut uses the ⌘ key, moving it makes the keyboard impossible to use.

On the Mac, you can just remap the keys in the System Preferences. On the iPad, you had to either buy a Mac-specific keyboard, or one which has a hardware setting to switch between different layouts, like the Keychron K2. Of course, if you’re a PC user, accustomed to the PC layout, then none of this applies to you.

How to remap modifier keys on iPad

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Goodbye, caps lock. DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT.
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To remap modifier keys on iPad, simply up the Settings app, head to General > Keyboard, and tap Hardware Keyboard. There you will find a new entry in the list: Modifier Keys. (Note: This only appears when you attach a hardware keyboard, either via USB or Bluetooth.) Tap it, and you’ll see a list of the keys you can change.

You can remap the Caps Lock, ⇧, ⌘, ⌥ and ⌃ keys. You can remap any of them to any of the others, and you can also remap a key to Escape. Yes, that’s right, you can map the stupid globe key on Apple’s Smart Folio Keyboard case to be an Escape key. And you can still use ⌃-Space to switch keyboard languages.

For me, this means that I finally can use the box of old keyboards in my attic with my iPad.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad


If you use iPad with a Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard, you may find the default Globe key functionality of bringing up the Emoji picker to be not your preference. And perhaps you might want to replace the Globe key to serve as Escape key functionality instead, since these keyboards lack ESC by default.

If you’d like to remap the Globe key on the iPad Smart Keyboard to function as an Escape key, or perhaps you find yourself occasionally (or frequently) hitting the globe key on accident and want to disable it, you’ll be pleased to know iPadOS allows this customization.

How to Remap Globe Key on iPad Keyboard to be ESC, or Nothing

Want to have the Globe key function as an ESCape key, or do nothing at all? Here’s how to set either:

  1. Attach the Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard to the iPad if you haven’t already
  2. Open the Settings app on iPad
  3. Go to “General” then to “Keyboard” and then to “Hardware Keyboard”

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Easy, now your Globe key will perform the action you selected.

Assuming you chose “Escape” as the modifier key, you can now use the GLobe key as an ESC key, something the iPad keyboards lack by default.

It’s worth remembering you can perform various other tricks to type Escape key on iPad keyboards too, but if you’d like a dedicated hardware ESC key with a Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard, this is the way to achieve that.

If you set the Globe key to have No Action, then the key simply won’t do anything if it’s hit. If you find yourself accidentally hitting the Globe key when typing on the iPad hardware keyboards, you might find that option to be particularly helpful.

If Escape or “No Action” isn’t your thing, you may have noticed you can also remap the modifier keys on the iPad keyboard to function as Command, Option, Control, Caps Lock, and Globe too, which can be helpful if you’d like to customize which of those keys do what. Some PC users in particular find those adjustments to be useful.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Let us know in the comments if you use the Globe key as an ESCape key on your iPad keyboard, or if you set the functionality to anything else, or kept it as the default Emoji and language toggle. Share whatever your experiences and thoughts are in the comments!

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

Using an external keyboard on the iPad makes it very easy to use to perform certain tasks, especially if you use the Apple tablet to work or write long texts. However, some external keyboards do not support the standard key configuration and you may have to remap them to access the modifier keys.

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

How to remap modifier keys on ipad

What are modifier keys?

Modifier keys make up the famous conventional keyboard shortcuts to, among other functions, switch between apps or close them faster. On Microsoft systems, the keys are the “Control”, “Alt” and “Shift”; Apple users are used to “⌘ Command”, “⌥ Option”, “⇧ Shift” and “⌃ Control”.

Since iOS 13.4, Apple has allowed the user to remap the keys on the iPad’s keyboard, expanding support for other manufacturers and expanding the possibility of performing multiple functions.

Even though your keyboard is the Magic Keyboard (iPad Pro), you can customize the modifier keys to your liking and add the function “Esc”.

In this article, we will teach you how to remap the keyboard keys on the iPad so that you can use it in the way that is most suitable for you.

How to remap keys on iPad

Follow the step-by-step below to set everything up correctly:

Step 1: open the app “Settings”.

Step 2: connect your Bluetooth keyboard to the iPad.

Step 3: select “General”> “Keyboard”.

Step 4: enter in “Physical Keyboard”> “Modifier Keys”.

Step 5: among the available options, select the modifier keys you want to remap on your external keyboard.

Ready! This way, your Bluetooth keyboard will be remapped to your iPad modification and shortcut preferences!

How to sideload apps on android tv

How to sideload apps on android tv

Your Android TV such as Mi Box or Nvidia Shield TV comes with the Google Play Store. And it’s pretty good. However, it only features apps that are optimized for the TV interface. But there are times when you have to sideload apps on your Android TV. For example, the other day, I wanted to install my a VPN app on my Shield TV box, so that I can watch American Netflix, but I couldn’t find it on the Android TV store.

Turns out there are multiple ways to sideload apps on your Android TV, depending on whether you have Pendrive, Smartphone, WiFi or none of them. Each method has its pros and cons. Let’s check them out. Shall we?

Most of the sideloaded apps won’t be visible in your native launcher, so make sure you use Sideload launcher or any Android TV launcher that supports sideloaded apps.

Sideload Apps on Android TV

Method 1. Using a flash drive

The handiest way to sideload apps on your streaming device can be via Flash drives. Most popular Android TV box such as Mi box and Nvidia Shield TV comes with a USB port. So, if you have a spare flash drive nearby, you can copy APKs from your computer, or if you are on Android, first you need to download any backup app like Apk Extractor from Google play store to extract apk of the installed app. Once you send the file to the USB stick, remove the flash drive from the smartphone/computer and plug it in the Android TV box. Once in, use any Android TV file manager such as File Commander to navigate to the USB drive and install it.

Since Amazon firestick is also based on Android OS, this trick work there, however, you have to buy a three-way OTG splitter to access the flash drive, which is a hassle.

  • Easy to use
  • Needs no WiFi
  • I f there is no flash drive nearby, this won’t work.

Method 2. Using Google drive

The previous method was bit inconvenient as it requires both USB OTG adapter (since most phones have Type C port) as well as a flash drive. In case you don’t have access to those, you can also use cloud-based services like Google Drive to transfer APKs from your Phone or Computer to your Android-based streaming device like Firestick or Android TV

Start by downloading the apk from APKMirror on your phone or PC. The reason we recommend APKMirror is because it’s from the reputable ‘Android Police’ and free of any malware. Though it’s filled with a lot of Google Ads, and finding the right download is still a bit confusing.

Once you download the apk, upload it to your Google Drive account and head to your streaming device. Open File Commander or any other file explorer with cloud support and login with the same Google account which has the Apks. D ownload and install them.

  • No hardware needed
  • Although this may sound easy, it’s just too much work

Method 3. Transfer via WiFi

Since Android TV or even the Fire Stick are already always connected to the Internet, it makes sense to use wifi to transfer Apks and install them. So, to get this work, first, you need to install WiFi file transfer app on your Android TV. The app has 50MB file limit on the free version which shouldn’t be the problem since most apks are smaller than that, however, you can remove by upgrading to the paid app that costs $0.99.

Use the previous two methods to install WiFi File transfer on your device. Once done, open the app, it will show you an IP address. You can type this IP address on your computer or Android phone’s browser and then just drag and drop the apk files here. Now you can transfer files from your phone and install them. Of course, you can also transfer large files like movies using this app as well.

If you are on fire tv stick, you can use the Easy fire tools app to transfer apps installed on the phone or APKs directly to your fire tv stick. It works on the same principle as the previous one, however, you don’t have to install the companion app on your TV as you did with WiFi File transfer.

  • Easy to use
  • No hardware needed
  • Efficient for long term
  • Needs WiFi
  • Cog up the memory of both your phone and your streaming

Method 4. Use Android TV Browser

You might already know, you can access the web on Android TV using web browsers like Puffin TV. So, why not use it to download apps on your Android TV? Simply, open Puffin TV and head to ApkMirror, perform a quick search for the apps you want to download and you will be able to download the apk after battling intrusive ads on the website.

  • Easy to use
  • Save a lot of time
  • Intrusive Ads

Method 5. Use Aptoide TV

Even after the presence of Play Store on the Android tv and Amazon Store on the Fire TV stick, the app available for these devices is quite and since most apps are not fully optimized. Yet, these unoptimized apps work fine (like WiFi file transfer we use in method #3) on Android TV. Enter Aptoide TV, an alternative Play Store for Android tv as well as the Firestick.

To access unoptimized Android apps on your Android TV, you can use Aptoide TV store, Yes this store is capable enough to be called as a competitor to play store on the tv ecosystem. Use any of the methods discussed to install Aptoide TV apk and open it. Once in, now you can download and install apps which are natively not available on the play store but good enough to be on android tv. The only downside to this store is that it has all sorts of apps without any guideline.

  • Auto-update
  • Efficient for long term
  • Some apps are pirated

If we miss out any better way to sideload apps on Android TV, share it with us in the comments below.

As you may be aware, on your Android based Sony TV there is an app for Googles Play Store. This lists all the apps that have been through Googles certification program on compatibility for use on the Android TV system.

Unfortunately the quantity of apps in the Google Play TV store is rather lacking compared to the full Play Store available on your Android Smartphone or Tablet. To over-come this you can ‘sideload’ an app that is not officially certified for your Android TV. Please note that many apps simply cannot be side-loaded either for various reasons.

Listed below are 5 ways in which you can side-load these apps:

  1. Installation via a computer – HERE
  2. Download .apk file from PC and using ES File Explorer on TV – HERE
  3. Using X-plore and Google Drive – HERE
  4. Using File Commander and Google Drive – HERE
  5. Using ADB commands from a PC – HERE

In order to install and run sideloaded apps, you firstly need to do two things:

  1. Enable “Unknown Sources” – In the Security and Restrictions menu of Settings
  2. Install “Sideload Launcher – Android TV” in order to run the apps you have sideloaded. This is available from Googles Play store : HERE
  3. Some sideloaded apps have the orientation fixed to either Portrait or Landscape. You can correct this by sideloading an app called “Set Orientation”

PS: Please send me a private message if any corrections need to be made or you have instructions on other ways to sideload apps so I can add here.

We all android enthusiasts know that Google Play Store has thousands of applications. However, those of you who use Android TV, do not get a lot of apps in its respective app store. So, if we wish to install any app for regular Android devices on Android TV, we need to manually sideload the APK. In this guide, I will tell you how to sideload apps on Android TV.

All you need is your TV which has Android OS support and a PC or your smartphone. Then grab the choice of APK. Next, you have to download a file installer and enable cloud integration. Upload the APK to the cloud and then access it on your Android TV. YOu can then sideload apps of your choice. You can do it for more almost all apps. Though it sounds a bit technical, it’s quite easier to perform. Check out the detailed steps below.

How to sideload apps on android tv

How to Sideload Apps on Android TV?

We will check it step by step.

APK Download

Start by downloading the APK for the app you plan to install on your Android-powered TV. To download, the best approach is to go to the official website of the application. There check for the latest APK build available for the Android TV.

Also, you can grab the APK from non-official websites that host them. Though there are great third-party platforms to download APK, you may also download any wrong build or buggy build. So, be careful about that. Always check for the availability of the latest build.

Getting the File Commander

  • Open the Play Store on your Android TV.
  • Search for the File Commander app.
  • Download and install it.
  • Now open the app
  • On the starting screen select Cloud
  • The idea is to add a cloud storage account. I suggest using your Google Drive account.
  • You need to log into your Drive though

Enable Permission to Install the App from Unknown Sources

If you have downloaded your APK from third-party or unofficial sources, then you need to allow your device to permit the installation of such apps. These kinds of APK builds are usually termed as untrusted. So, it’s up to the user to decide what app to allow for installation.

  • On your TV, at the top right side, there should be a gear button that you need to click.
  • It will open a drop-down menu for Settings.
  • On the menu select Device Preferences > Security & Restrictions
  • Click on Unknown sources. A list of apps will show up
  • Scroll to File Commander
  • Beside that, a toggle should be there. Tap on it to enable.

Transfer APK to Cloud Storage

If you are using a smartphone. Then open Drive App > and integrate the APK build. Otherwise, you can go to the browser on your PC/laptop and open drive.google.com. You should be logged into your account. Then upload the APK.

Sideload Apps

  • Open File Commander app
  • Select your Google Drive
  • Browse for the APK you uploaded previously and select it
  • Click on Install
  • Wait for sometimes as the installation takes place.

So, that’s it, guys. This was the complete guide about how to sideload apps on Android TV. Try it out and let us know your experience.

At its core, Android TV’s software is the same as the OS running on 87% of all smartphones. But it doesn’t always feel that way, with its version of the Play Store only having 5,000 apps (or 0.2% of all Android apps). To access the remaining 99.8% of apps, you will need to sideload them.

Like your phone, sideloading lets you install apps outside of the official Google Play Store. These apps include those rejected by Google, hosted by other app stores, or modified apps. The process is nearly identical to sideloading on your phone, except it’s a little harder to get the APK installer files onto the device in the first place.

What You’ll Need

  • Android TV-powered device (television or set-top box)
  • computer or smartphone

Step 1: Download the APK You Want to Sideload

Using either your phone or computer, download the APK file for the app you wish to install. APKs are like EXEs for Windows, if you’re familiar. A great source for these is APKMirror, but you can always check an app’s website for a manual download.

If you just want something to try for now, we recommend first downloading Droid Hardware Info and Google Chrome. After sideloading these apps, you can install future apps without the need for a computer or phone.

  • APK Download: Droid Hardware Info (APKMirror) | Google Chrome (Uptodown)

If it’s a phone app you wish to sideload and you have an Android phone, you can install the app on your phone first, then use APK Extractor to get the APK installer file for that app.

Step 2: Download File Commander

On your Android TV device, open the Play Store app and download File Commander. You can find this app by clicking the search icon at the top of the Play Store’s main menu, then typing its name with the on-screen keyboard or voice control.

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Step 3: Enable Cloud Storage Integration

Now, open the File Commander app, and on the initial start page, select “Cloud,” then follow the prompts to add a cloud storage account to the file browser. We recommend going with Google Drive since you already have a Google account (Android TV requires you log into one) and it comes with plenty of free storage.

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Step 4: Enable ‘Unknown Sources’

If your device is running Android 8.0 or newer, arrow up to the Settings cog towards the top-right corner of the home screen. Click it, then head to “Device Preferences,” then “Security & Restrictions.” From there, click “Unknown sources” and enable the toggle next to File Commander.

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If the device is running an older version of Android and doesn’t have the gear icon in the top-right corner, arrow down to the “Settings” option on the main screen, select it, then go to “Security & restrictions” and enable the toggle next to “Unknown sources.”

Step 5: Upload the APK to Your Cloud Storage Service

Now you’ll need to take the APK file you’re trying to sideload and upload it to your cloud storage account. If you went with Google Drive, open the app on your phone (Android | iOS) or go to drive.google.com in your desktop’s browser and move the APKs files to “My Drive.”

Step 6: Sideload the App

Now, open File Commander and select Google Drive (it will be named with your Google account and feature the Google Drive icon) or whichever cloud storage service you’re using. Select the APK file and choose “Install.” When the buttons “Open” and “Done” appear, the app is installed.

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Step 7: Launch the Sideloaded App

Most sideloaded apps will not appear next to other apps installed via the Play Store. To access these apps, head to Settings –> Apps, then select the app from the list and choose “Open.” Alternatively, you can use an app called Sideload Launcher that can be installed by searching the Play Store on your Android TV.

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Step 8: Sideload Future Apps

If you opted to sideload the two apps in Step 1, the process will be much easier going forward. Use Droid Hardware Info to find the CPUarchitecture of your television or set-top box. This information is found under the System tab, titled “Instructions Sets.”

  • More Info: How to See What Kind of Processor You Have on Android

With this information, use Chrome to access third-party app stores. Find the app you are looking for, making sure to download the variant with the same architecture as your television. Download the app, then use File Commander to open the APK file (located in “Downloads” usually) to sideload just as you did before.

For those who want to use APKMirror, many of the apps they host will come in bundles now and use a new file format (.apkm). To install these apps, you will need first to sideload the APKMIrror Installer app. Check out our tutorial (linked below) on using this installer.

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After Google TV was shut down a few years ago, it as soon replaced by something more advanced; Android TV. Since its introduction, Android TV has been doing quite well. Google TV lacked apps, but with access to Google Play Store, Android TV has abundance. It is easy to operate. The interface is slick and navigation is easy as it can get. Moreover, Android TV supports tons of media streaming services so there is always one for you. As the platform is adopted by numerous manufacturers, no matter what your price range is, there is always an Android TV that you can buy without burning a hole in your pocket. As I mentioned earlier, the selection of apps is great on Android TV, but factors like region restriction may prevent you from using certain apps. Fortunately, there is a way you can bypass such restriction. It is called sideloading. Like on any Android smart device, you can sideload apps on Android TV too, and the process is quite similar. Here’s how to Sideload apps on Android TV.

Sideload apps on Android TV

The first step will sound familiar if you have been sideloading apps on your Android smartphone. You will first need to force Android TV to accept the app you’re trying to install. That means you need to enable Unknown Sources. This will let you install apps that are not downloaded from Google Play Store. Unknown sources is disabled by default for a reason. It is to prevent malicious files from getting into your device. So make sure the app you are about to sideload is from a trusted source. To enable Unknown Sources, go to Settings (gear icon on the bottom of the menu) > Security & Restrictions > enable Unknown Sources. When you see a warning, dismiss it.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Now you will need to use your computer or Android smartphone to download the app you want to install. If you have a trusted site, you can download it from there. But if you do not, APK Mirror is the to go. The site is safe and has all the free apps that are on the Google Play Store. Search for the app you want and download. Now, you will need to upload it to cloud storage like Google Drive. Then, go back to your TV and download the APK from the cloud storage and install it. If your TV does not support cloud storage, you can use ES File Explorer, connect it to your drive and download it from there.

After the apps are sideloaded, you will need an app to use them. There’s an app called Sideload Launcher that lets to see and use the app you’ve sideloaded.

Apps are the lifeblood of any operating system. Without apps, we can only do so much on platforms like Android. Fortunately, Google Play offers millions of apps, but due to platform restrictions, not every good app can be found on the store. Sometimes, app availability is also restricted on a geographical basis. So the only way to get such apps is by sideloading them.

Thanks to the openness of Android, you can sideload and install Android apps from third-party stores as well as other sources. In this guide, we’ll explain how you can sideload Android apps.

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Getting the APK files or app bundles

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Before you can sideload an app on Android, you need to obtain its installation file. Android app installers have the .APK file extension that’s short for Android Package. APK files contain everything that’s needed to install and run the app. Apart from APKs, you’ll find app bundles, which are also used to install Android apps.

There are two kinds of app bundles – official and unofficial. The official Android app bundle format is AAB and it was introduced back in 2018 by Google. The company is making it mandatory for app developers to publish all new Android apps in AAB in the Google Play store starting August 2021. One can also covert a standard AAB package to an APK set archive, which uses the .apks file extension.

The unofficial app bundles come from sites like APKMirror and APKPure, which have created their own app bundles called APKM and XAPK, respectively. The app bundles pack a base APK file and multiple resource bundles meant for different architectures, layouts, and languages.

These APKs and app bundles are shared by the developers and community members on XDA forums, uploaded on third-party resources like APK Mirror, APKPure, or on stores like F-Droid and Amazon. Once you’ve obtained the APK file or an app bundle for the app you need to install, we can move forward to the actual sideloading bit.

Caution: Do not install APK files from random sources. Only install APK files from trusted sources. Otherwise, you could end up infecting your device with malware.

Transferring the APK or App Bundle to your phone

If you haven’t downloaded the APK file or the app bundle directly onto your Android phone, you’ll need to transfer it from your computer to the phone. You can transfer it using Bluetooth, a USB cable, or a cloud storage service. Using a cloud storage service like Google Drive is normally the easiest way to get an APK onto your phone. Just upload it onto Google Drive from your computer, and download it using the Drive app on your phone. If you’re looking for more methods for file transfer, check out our guide on How to Transfer Files between Android and Windows PC.

Installing/Sideloading the APK file

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Once the APK has been transferred to your phone, you’re ready to install it.

  • Locate the file on your phone. The downloaded APKs can be found in the Downloads app. Or you can use a file manager to navigate to the Downloads folder.
  • Tap on the file name to start the installation. If this is the first time you’re installing an APK from that file manager, the Downloads app, or the web browser, Android will throw a warning and ask your permission to continue. Give the permission and, depending on the app from where you’re installing the APK, you may have to tap back to get to the installer. In some apps, you’ll automatically be sent back to the installer.
  • Tap on Install, and the application will be installed successfully unless there are compatibility issues.

If your Android device is running on Nougat or an older version, you’ll first have to enable Installation from Unknown Sources by going to Settings > Security, after which you’ll be able to install the APK. Sideloading support is available on all Android versions, and you don’t need root access or any other special privileges.

Sideloading App Bundles on Android

While sideloading an APK is pretty easy, as you can see in the previous section, it can be slightly tricky to install app bundles, whether it is the official Android App Bundle or unofficial bundles. Thankfully, there are apps that make it easier to install app bundles. Alternatively, you can use ADB to install the unofficial app bundles and Google’s bundletool to install the official app bundles.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Smartphones have enhanced our life by bringing the vast domain of world wide web in our palm. Slowly the technology is expanding. We currently have smartwatches and other wearable devices. If you want to enjoy the same experience in your drawing room, apart from Smart speakers, Smart Android TV is the next best thing. In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can sideload apps on Android TV.

Currently, major players in the industry like Xiaomi, Nvidia and many others have started launching Smart TV having the features of Android on a normal Television. These TVs cost approximately $100 and can stream high-quality 4k videos. However, there is a minor drawback. Play Store does not have enough applications that are compatible with these TVs.

But, for Android, we always have a back alley to do stuff. If the application you are looking for is not available on Play Store, you can still run it by sideloading. Sideloading apps is the way of installing an application which is not accessible via normal app stores like Google Play Store. The process is simple in Smartphones but a little bit complicated in Android TV. Let’s get on with it.

Steps to Sideload Apps on Your Android TV

Allow APK Installation from Unknown Sources

First, you will need to enable your Android TV so that it can install apps from sources other than play store. Although this defensive feature is for preventing malicious apps from getting installed on your system, still if you download apps from a trusted third-party app store, you will be free from the tension of malicious files infecting your device.

  • Go to Menu
  • Scroll down to the bottom where you will find the settings icon.
  • Inside settings, navigate to “Security and Restrictions”
  • You will find the Unknown Sources option.
  • By default, it is off, turns it on just by a toggle.
  • A pop up will be displayed warning you about the threat, dismiss it and you are done.

Download the APK

You can do it either from your desktop or mobile.

  • Go to your trusted APK store where you frequently download apps which are not available at play store.
  • Search for the app you want and download it.
  • Upload the APK on a cloud platform like Google Drive or Dropbox which you can access later from your Android TV.

Installing ES File Explorer

Currently, Android TV does not support either Dropbox or Google Drive. To get the APK from your cloud storage, you will need ES File Explorer.

  • Go to Play Store from your Android TV
  • Search for ES File Explorer
  • Install it on your Android TV.

Installing the App

Coming to the final step, launch ES File Explorer.

  • Go to ‘Network’ from the menu on the left and select ‘Cloud’.
  • You will find a ‘New’ button on the right. Click on it.
  • Select your preferred Cloud Storage platform where you uploaded the app installer.
  • Enter the credentials and click on the APK to begin downloading.
  • Once downloading is completed, you will get a pop-up.
  • Select “Install” from the pop up which will begin the installation of the app.

Launching Sideloaded Applications

Since sideloaded applications are not supported officially by Android TV, you will not be able to find them on the app launcher. However, there are 2 ways by which you can launch the sideloaded app.

The easy way

  • In the play store, you will find an app named “Sideload Launcher”.
  • Install it on your Android TV.
  • Launch it from the launcher and there you will find a list of your sideloaded apps.

The Other Way

  • Go to settings
  • Select Apps
  • You will find a list of all the apps installed on your Android TV.
  • Find the app that you sideloaded.
  • Click on it and Select Open and there, your job is done.

Now that you have learned the process, sideloading the apps on TV won’t be a problem. Enjoy the experience at your Android TV and do let us know if you have found any interesting app sideloaded on your TV.

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Android powers pretty much every Smart TV that is coming into the market these days.

But do not think of the Android OS that is found on your smartphones, although the basic functionality is very much similar.

You can log into your Google account and keep all the things synced, organized, which is super convenient.

You also have a Play Store on your Android-powered Smart TV from where you can install apps.

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The apps in the Play Store on Android TV are pretty Limited, and only those appear that are optimized for Smart TVs, although all the apps available for Android are compatible with Smart TVs.

This means, if you can sideload apps on your Smart TV, you can use pretty much any app you want. It’s just that the user interface would be a little odd they are designed for mobile phones.

If you are ok with that here is a quick guide to let you know how you can sideload apk on your Android-powered Smart TV

How to Sideload Android Apps is on Smart TV

To sideload apps on your Android power Smart TV, you need to have the APK the file for the Android app, which can be downloaded from the internet. APK Mirror, APK Pure, or XDA-Developers are a few websites that we trust the most.

The first thing is you need to install a web browser on your Smart TV. Thankfully there are a couple of browsers available in the Play Store on a Smart TV.

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So you can go to the Play Store on your Smart TV and install any of the browsers available, we are working with the Puffin Browser.

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After you have installed the browser on your Android TV, you have to enable installing Android APK from ‘Unknown Sources’ on your Android TV.

This can be done from the Settings area of your Android TV. When you scroll down you will find ‘Security & Restrictions,’ clicking on which will show you ‘Unknown Sources.’

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You have to click on unknown sources and enable installing APK files from Puffin Browser.

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Once you are done, open the Puffin Browser on your Smart TV and search for the Android App’s APK in Google.

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Pro Tip: Things will become pretty easy if you have got a Bluetooth enabled keyboard connected to your Android TV since most modern TVs have got Bluetooth feature.

You will find one of the results from APK Mirror, APK Pure, or XDA-Developers. Click on it and go to the download page, follow the instructions to download the APK.

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Once the APK is downloaded, you need to go to the download folder, click on the APK file, which will start the installation process.

Once the app is installed, you will be able to open it on your Smart TV.

If for some reason, your Android TV does not allow download of files, you can download the APK on your mobile or computer and then transfer it to a flash drive.

Connect the flash drive to your Smart TV using the USB Type-A given in your Smart TV, navigate to access files on the USB Flashdrive,

Note: You might again have to go to ‘Unknown Sources’ show me the settings area of your Android TV to enable access to the flash drive to install the APK.

I hope you find this article useful. Here is quick quite to show you how to sideload Android Apps on Fire TV Stick. You can check out more articles on the blog.

You can conveniently download apps on Android TV using the Google Playstore. This method is pretty straightforward, and you can get your favorite apps within seconds.

What if you have accidentally deleted the PlayStore or the apps you are looking for are not available on the Playstore?

If you have a Hisense TV, we have compiled this guide for you. By Following this guide, you can easily sideload apps on Hisense smart TV.

Enough talking, let’s checkout the details.

What is Application Sideloading?

Normally, we download applications directly from Google Playstore on our Android TVs. But, not all the apps are available on the store, so we have to manually download some apps using the web browser or the USB flash drive.

This manual installation method of Android applications is called the “Side-loading” of apps.

Enabling Unknown Sources on Hisense TV

To install the third application on your Hisense TV, you need to enable the “Unknown Sources” on your Hisense smart. Without this feature enabled, you cannot install third-party apps on your TV.

Here are the Steps for Enabling Unknown Sources on Hisense TV:

  • Open the “Settings” menu of your Hisense Android TV.
  • Now open the “Security” settings.
  • There will be the option for enabling the “Unknown Sources”.

Sideloading Apps on Hisense Smart TV

There are different methods of installing the third-party apps on the Hisense smart TVs. We will walk you through two different methods for the sideloading of apps.

You can follow either of these methods according to your convenience, as both of these methods work perfectly fine. Before moving ahead, ensure you have enabled the “Unknown Sources”.

Method#1: Using the TV’s Web Browser

You can conveniently download and install the third-party apps on your Hisense smart TV using your TV’s web browser. In this way, you do not need any external drive. All you need is an internet connection, and your Hisense Android TV.

Here are the Steps for Sideloading Apps Using Web Browser:

  • First of all, connect your smart TV to the internet.
  • Go to the Playstore, and install the “Sideload Launcher”, and the “File Manager” from the Playstore.
  • After downloading these apps, open your web browser, and search for the application you want to install.
  • For example, if you want to install Candy Crush, search for “Candy Crush APK Download”.
  • Download the application from any given website.
  • After the application has been downloaded, go to the “File Manager”, and look around for the file.
  • Click on the “Install” button, and now it will be installed on your smart TV.
  • Open the recently installed APK file, and you are good to go.

Method#2: Using the External USB Drive

You can also sideload the third-party applications by using an external USB drive. This method is nearly identical to the previously given method, except you have to download the files on your computer, and then transfer them over to the TV.

Here are the Steps for Sideloading Apps Using External USB Drive:

  • Connect your Hisense Android TV to the internet.
  • Now, go to the Playstore, and install the “Sideload Launcher”, and the “File Manager”.
  • On your computer, download the APK version of the app you want to install on your TV.
  • Copy it to the USB drive.
  • Connect the USB drive to the PC, and open the USB using the File Manager.
  • Open the File Manager, and locate the APK file.
  • Click on the file, and press the “Install” button.
  • Your APK file will now be installed on the TV.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can We Sideload Apps on Hisense Android TV?

Yes, you can sideload apps on the Hisense Android TV, just like all the other Android TVs available in the market. Above, we have provided you with a complete method that you can use to sideload apps on your Android TV.

Can I Sideload APK Apps on Non-Android TV?

No, you cannot sideload the APK apps on non Android TVs, as the APKs are exclusively compatible with the Android OS. So, you can only install them on Android devices.

Can We Sideload Apps on Standard Hisense TV?

No, you cannot sideload apps on the standard hisense TV. You only have the option to download them directly from the TV App Store.

Conclusion

If your required application is not available on the Playstore, you can download it and install it on your Hisense TV using the application sideload method.

In this blogpost, we have put together two different methods for the sideloading of apps on Hisense smart TV.

You can easily install the apps not available on the Google Play Store by using this method. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.